The OFT has published guidance on how it will handle applications for leniency and no-action for businesses and individuals who come forward with information regarding competition law infringements. The OFT's leniency programme offers reduced fines and immunity from criminal prosecutions for whistle-blowers. The new Guide provides: more detail on what is required from the leniency applicant in order to benefit from the programme; transparency on the levels of reductions in fines that can be applied; and at what stage in proceedings individuals will be told whether or not they are at risk of a criminal prosecution.