On 26 March 2010, Lord Justice Thomas handed down a sentencing judgment for Innospec Limited, which had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to corrupt. The judgment emphasised that sentencing rests with the Court and not with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) through global settlement agreements or plea bargains. He also indicated that criminal cases involving corporate defendants should be resolved by criminal proceedings, not civil recovery proceedings, and that the level of fines should be much higher than those currently handed out. A Herbert Smith briefing on the case is also available.