An extract from the 2019 edition of Europe, The Middle East and Africa Investigations Review, originally published in June 2019 by Global Investigations Review.
Excerpt: The year 2018 brought mixed news for anti-corruption and enforcement action in the UK. While long-term anti-corruption plans – including the possible introduction of an offence of failure to prevent economic crime – continue to gather pace, changes in senior management at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and a series of setbacks in high-profile prosecutions have meant that short-term progress has been somewhat lacking. Nonetheless, the use of innovative new anti-corruption tools, coupled with a clarification of the law on the availability of legal professional privilege as it applies to investigations, means that the UK continues to be a key player in the global anti-corruption movement. This chapter explores recent developments in anti-corruption enforcement and investigations and offers insight into future trends for the UK's enforcement agencies in 2019.
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