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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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What’s the deal? Er, dunno…..

Nearly one in three workers accept a new job without knowing whether or not the package includes a pension, according to a survey by the NAPF.  If true (and I have no reason to believe that it isn’t) it is … Continue reading

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Guilty, M’Lud

Munir Patel, the first person to be charged with an offence under the new Bribery Act, has entered a guilty plea, and will be sentenced on 11th November. Watch this space…..

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Fiddling while Rome burns?

It’s not much fun being a public sector employee at the moment.  As well as constant job cuts and adjustments to working conditions, the Government is also proposing changes to pension rights for many of them – though not for MPs, … Continue reading

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Let him without sin caste the first stone

No; it’s not a spelling mistake!  The Government is coming under increasing pressure from the UN, and as a result of an ongoing Employment Tribunal case, to add unfair treatment on grounds of caste to the list of  types of … Continue reading

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Imran Khan – Anti-bribery campaigner

There’s a fascinating interview with Imran Khan in today’s Guardian.  Those of you who remember him as one of the great cricketers of his generation may also know that, after a career as a sportsman and international playboy, he discovered … Continue reading

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Good Morning Judge ……

….. or the trouble with having an independent judiciary. One of the great strengths of British Law is that the Judicial System is separate from the Legislative and Police functions, and can make decisions based on legal writ (both legislative … Continue reading

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The ingenuity of the Banks knows no bounds

A report in the Financial Times, a few days ago, indicated that a number of Britain’s biggest banks have found a novel way of reducing their pension fund deficits by transferring hard-to-sell assets into their employee pension funds, usually in … Continue reading

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