Monthly Archives: November 2011

Alstom – a double whammy

Reports in the papers today tell us that Alstom, a French-owned engineering group, have been fined £27 million by the Swiss authorities in order to settle a bribery investigation against them.  This is embarrassing enough on its own, but there’s … Continue reading

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First sentence under the new Bribery Act

Munir Patel has been sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, following his conviction under the new UK Bribery Act.  He pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe of £500 in exchange for offering to change a record at the Magistrates’ Court where … Continue reading

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Protected conversations – a charter for bullying bosses?

The Government has confirmed that it intends to launch a consultation on the introduction of an Employer’s right to hold “Protected Conversations”  with employees.  To underline the importance that the Government attaches to the proposal, the details were outlined by the … Continue reading

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Bribe Payers’ Index – Could Do Better

Transparency International have just released the 2011 Bribe Payers’ Index – a ranking of relative business incorruptibility amongst the World’s leading trading nations.  Because it’s based on perception it’s a rather subjective survey, but it gives an overview of the … Continue reading

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