UNITED KINGDOM: Who Cares about Other People's Money? Establishing the UK International Corruption Unit [ICU] in a fragmented institutional landscape, 2017
The UK has published a number of financial crime and anti-corruption plans as well as inter-agency groups, protocols and procedures to address international bribery and the inward proceeds of corruption (including the return of the proceeds of corruption). However, with many police forces and a number of specialist agencies, an institutional gap in investigations both of foreign bribery and the inward flow of the proceeds of corruption, existed because of a wider range of competing financial crime strategies and priorities, various funding streams, issues of ownership, organizational focus and resources to deliver any commitment in relation to proceeds of corruption entering the UK. Establishing an appropriate response has required leadership, inter-agency negotiation and continuing support. This case study reviews how this response was achieved in the fragmented UK institutional landscape.