Anti-bribery & corruption
The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011, attracting publicity and criticism in equal measure due to its radical tightening of laws relating to bribery and corruption.
The legislation creates offences of bribery which may be committed by individuals, employees, agents and other stakeholders. It also establishes a corporate offence of failing to take adequate steps to prevent bribery.
If your organisation operates in or out of the UK, or employs UK nationals, then you are affected, and as a senior officer, you could potentially face personal liability.
To successfully defend allegations of bribery you will need to take a proactive approach and demonstrate that adequate procedures are in place to prevent bribery.
Having advised companies that have become the victims of fraud and corruption over many years, we are ideally placed to provide you with strategic advice to manage these risks and ensure that you are fully compliant with the provisions of the Act.
We can help you comply and manage risk in your organisation by:
- training your staff
- drafting and incorporating an anti-bribery policy to identify and help plan minimising areas of risk
- implementing bribery prevention procedures
- undertaking a risk assessment
- carrying out due diligence on associated organisations
- advising on specific areas of risk and concern
Our extensive international investigatory and disciplinary experience also means that we are well placed to deal with the investigations and disputes that will undoubtedly arise in the future in respect of both corporations and individuals.
For more information on anti-bribery & corruption and to start a conversation on how can help you please contact Jonathan Stevens, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution.