Bribery & Anti-Corruption: Notable case

British Airways / Virgin Price-Fixing Trial (2010)

William Boyce QC was instructed on behalf of a Director of British Airways plc, while Adrian Darbishire represented the company's former Head of Communications.

The accused, along with two others, denied an allegation that they agreed with Virgin Atlantic to fix the price of transatlantic flights.

The case, brought and prosecuted by the OFT, was the first trial of a charge under the cartel offence (section 188, Enterprise Act). 

The defence had argued that no agreement to fix prices had existed and no crime had been committed. 

On Monday 10 May 2010, before any evidence was called, the prosecution offered no evidence and all defendants were acquitted. 

In the words of the trial judge, Mr Justice Owen, each of the four men left court "with his reputation unsullied."

Notable cases:

Operation Tabernula (Ongoing) (2013)
FCA's largest insider dealings case
Sean Larkin QC

R v Ajaib (2013)
Multi-million pound fraud
Sean Larkin QC

R v Madden (2013)
Allegation of £2.8m film tax credit fraud
Selva Ramasamy

Re: H (2012)
Major bribery case
John Hilton QC

R v CDW (2012)
Defending money launderer in high profile corruption case
Alexandra Felix

British Airways / Virgin Price-Fixing Trial (2010)
First trial of cartel offence under Enterprise Act
William Boyce QC | Adrian Darbishire QC

R v M (2010)
 Leading junior in conspiracy to defraud the NHS
Alexandra Felix

Cricket Match Fixing Allegations (2010)
September 2010
Philip Evans

R v ER (2010)
Defending in £1 million money laundering
Alexandra Felix

R v Marshall - Inquest in the death of Terry Jupp (2005) - (2010)
Prosecution and inquest concerning the death of a government scientist in th course of secret explosive trials.

Articles:

Bribery Act Update June 2013
Recent media reports suggest that the Government is set to reconsider and review the provisions of the Bribery Act 2010, to r 3.6.2013

Debarment from public contracts & the Bribery Act 2010
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The Bribery Act 2010 - A Short Guide
Sean Larkin QC provides a new short guide to the Bribery Act 2010 8.11.2011
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Adequate Procedures Handout - Bribery Act 2010
Sean Larkin QC and Rachna Gokani provide further guidance in relation to the Bribery Act 29.9.2010
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Blackstones Guide to the Bribery Act - Rachna Gokani - Contributing Author
QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers are delighted to announce that the long awaited Blackstones Guide to the Bribery Act has been re 23.9.2010

The Bribery Bill 2010 - An Overview
This article provides an overview of the Government’s recent strategy to fight bribery and corruption, particularly ove 28.1.2010
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