The Bribery Act 2010 was passed on 8 April 2010 and came into effect on 1 July 2011. It is of fundamental importance to all commercial organisations that either operate or are registered in the UK. The Act has reformed the criminal law to provide a modern and comprehensive scheme of bribery offences to enable courts and prosecutors to respond more effectively to bribery, wherever it occurs. It is a far-reaching piece of legislation with some provisions that are more extensive than equivalent laws elsewhere including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). It applies to bribery in both the private and the public sectors.
The Ministry of Justice released guidance on the Act on 30 March 2011. Further information on this guidance is available here. Guidance issued by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the same date as to their approach to prosecution in respect of offences under the Act is also available here. The SFO revised its statements of policy in respect of sell-reporting, facilitation payments and business expenditure (corporate hospitality) on 9 October 2012. These can be found here.
The purpose of this site is to provide a useful overview for anyone interested in the Bribery Act 2010. It has been put together by Taylor Wessing’s corruption and ethics lawyers. Taylor Wessing is a leading International law firm with a single-minded approach: to help our clients succeed. This site contains:
- A step by step guide to the interpretation of key sections of the Act.
- Responses to many frequently asked questions about the Act.
- Links to relevant materials about the Act.
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