The End of the Facilitation Payment Exception?

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  1. Michael Kerr says:

    So let me get this straight. The UK now bans all “rush fees” for even routine government activity? I’m thinking sin pecifically about the extra $100 you can pay to the passport office to get something done in a timely manner (not just the US, but virtually any visa). That’s crazy…

  2. Nick says:

    Michael,

    The UK Bribery Act criminalises bribery, not legal fees for fast-track service.

    Both the mainstream bribery offence and the discrete bribery of foreign public official offence exclude payments that are explicitly required or allowed under local written law.

    There’s a short discussion of this issue in the OECD’s Phase 1 bis review of the law (http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/58/43/46883138.pdf).

    Regards, Nick