UK: Bribery Act 2011

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The Bribery Act will come into force on 1st July 2011. The Bribery Act will:

  • Introduce a corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery by persons working on behalf of a business. A business can avoid conviction if it can show that it has adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery.
  • Make it a criminal offence to give, promise or offer a bribe and to request, agree to receive or accept a bribe either at home or abroad. The measures cover bribery of a foreign public official.
  • Increase the maximum penalty for bribery from seven to 10 years imprisonment, with an unlimited fine.
  • There are some cocerns that UK businesses operating abroad will be put at a disadvantage in countries where bribery is a way of life. A Quick guide is here:

    http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/docs/bribery-act-2010-quick-start-guide.pdf

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