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Bribery and corruption

Bribery and corruption are amongst the greatest threats to economic development. On this page you can find key organisations involved in the fight against corruption and a selection of resources in this area.

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Bloomsbury Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising around 80 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Bloomsbury Accounting and Tax Service.

Distribution of profits and dividend planning

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Peter Rayney Tax Planning for Family and Owner-managed Companies Bloomsbury Professional 2023

Chapter containing advice on paying dividends, written for anyone who advises or runs a family or owner-managed company. Topics covered include: procedure for paying a dividend and concept of 'distributable profits', directors' fiduciary and statutory duties, legal and tax consequences of an unlawful dividend, dividend taxation, timing payments of dividends, dividend waivers, providing dividend income for the spouse, shares provided to children, other family members and friends.

The UK anti-bribery handbook: Second edition

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Nichola Higgins, Christopher Sallon QC, Susan Scott, Stephen Storey, Christopher Sykes, Sam Tate The UK Anti-Bribery Handbook Bloomsbury Professional 2021

A practical guide to regulation in relation to corrupt practices, covering the current bribery legislation in the UK and considering some case studies and issues that affect particular sectors. The emphasis is very much on preventative matters, covering the safeguards and practical measures that organisations should put in place to prevent prosecution or regulatory action.

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Bribery Act, The

An overview of the offences in the UK relating to bribery, corruption, the Fraud Act and money laundering.

Essentials of corporate fraud

A book for executives, lawyers, and auditors who need a basic understanding of corporate fraud.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use. 

Deterring fraud and corruption: the effects of poor corporate culture

Fraud expert Tim Parkman provides a checklist of 'red flag' potential fraud indicators for staff to be aware of.

The ugly unethical underside of Silicon Valley

Erin Griffith looks at instances of fraud and corrupt practices in Silicon Valley's high-technology industries. She discusses alleged fraud at companies including blood-testing equipment company Theranos and human resources software company Zenefits. Topics include how the nature of venture capital (VC) funding culture can put pressure on business founders to exaggerate their successes.

Incentive for enforcement

Don't be fooled by the lack of prosecutions since the Bribery Act was enacted, attitudes are hardening and businesses need to take note, writes Kevin Robinson.

Useful links


Fighting bribery and corruption
The Business Law department at ICAEW provides information and guidance on the Bribery Act and anti-corruption initiatives.


Overseas business risk
Guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on potential risks when trading with other countries.

Crime and fraud prevention for businesses in international trade
Guidance from HMRC on common types of fraud, protecting your business, IT, intellectual property and getting support.

National Crime Agency (NCA)
Information on the Economic Crime Command, which co-ordinates the UK's efforts against fraud, bribery and corruption.

Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
Part of the UK criminal justice system, the SFO is an independent government department that investigates and prosecutes serious or complex fraud.


EY fraud surveys
Collection of worldwide and regional fraud surveys on fraud and unethical conduct.

Pulling fraud out of the shadows
PwC's 2018 global economic crime and fraud survey.

Fraud Barometer
KPMG's survey of fraud trends and patterns affecting the UK economy.


Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
A global professional association providing training and resources, such as publications and sample documents.

European Union
Information on OLAF, the European Union's anti-fraud office.

Fraud Advisory Panel (FAP)
The site provides information on the panel, key facts and a collection of FAP material.

A Code of Good Practice, Manual on Fiscal Transparency.

News and information on the Anti-Bribery Convention, including reports and surveys by country.

Other resources

AuditNet Fraud
Links to fraud and investigator resources and news from the AuditNet web portal for auditors.

GAN Integrity
A business tool to help SMEs avoid and fight corruption. The website includes country profiles and an inventory of online anti-corruption tools.

Global Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery Laws
Free tool from Dentons comparing anti-bribery laws across international jurisdictions.

Transparency International
An NGO focusing on corruption and transparency. The website includes articles, advice, a corruption perceptions index, bribe payers index and guidance on best practice.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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