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Bribery Act 2010 Presentation

  1. 1. The Bribery Act 2010 Neil Wilson
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>Came into force 1 July 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Aim - modernise and simplify the law on bribery to allow prosecutors and the courts to deal with it more effectively </li></ul><ul><li>New offence of failing to prevent bribery </li></ul>
  3. 3. General Bribery Offences <ul><li>Section 1 – Personal Offence </li></ul><ul><li>“… for a person to offer, promise or give a financial or other advantage to another person” in one of two cases: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>where the intention is to bring about the improper performance of an activity or to reward such improper performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(2) where they know or believe that the acceptance of the advantage offered, promised or given in itself constitutes the improper performance of an activity </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Accepting a Bribe <ul><li>Section 2 – Offences relating to being bribed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 examples of where guilty when accepting a bribe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A recipient of a bribe is guilty if they “request, agrees to receive or accepts a financial of other advantage” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Which results in improper performance of an activity </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Failure to Prevent Bribery <ul><li>Section 7 – Commercial Organisation Offence </li></ul><ul><li>“… guilty of an offence if a person associated with it bribes another person, intending to obtain or retain business or a business advantage for [itself]” </li></ul><ul><li>There is a defence if it can show that it had adequate procedures in place designed to prevent bribery. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Penalties <ul><li>Summary Conviction – up to 12 months in prison and fine up to £5,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Conviction on indictment – up to 10 years in prison and fine up to £5,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Penalties can be applied to both organisations and people i.e. a company and its directors could be guilty </li></ul>
  7. 7. Practical Advice <ul><li>ALL companies should have an Anti-corruption and Bribery Policy for staff </li></ul><ul><li>ALL companies should incorporate policies into agreements with sales agents/introducers/consultants </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful to be reasonable and proportionate in hospitality </li></ul><ul><li>Larger companies should have more robust anti-bribery procedures in place (eg, training, code of conduct/values, risk management procedures) </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Further guidance available: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Ministry of Justice http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/docs/bribery-act-2010-guidance.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Serious Fraud Office http://www.sfo.gov.uk/media/167348/bribery%20act%20joint%20prosecution%20guidance.pdf </li></ul></ul>
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