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BRIBERY ACT: Extradition – the long arm of the law?

23 November 2012  

Michael Caplan QC assesses the impact of recent developments in extradition on corporate practice

The long arm of American justice has often reached out across the Atlantic to grasp those in this country. Some have argued in vain that if they have committed any offence, given the facts it is more appropriate they should go on trial in the English courts. The Home Secretary announced recently that she is going to introduce a forum bar to enable those in such a situation to be tried here if it is in the ‘interests of justice’. But will this mark a drastic change in our relationship with the US and can business executives now rest easier?