The Bribery Act 2010 gained Royal Assent on 8 April 2010 and represents the most significant change in the UK government’s approach to tackling bribery and corruption for over 100 years. The Bribery Act 2010 replaces outdated legislation, bringing the UK in line with the OECD AntiBribery Convention and aims to make the UK a better place for conducting business.
The primary focus for companies is the new offence of failure by a commercial organisation to prevent bribery. All offences carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, with the exception of the offence relating to failure to prevent bribery, which carries an unlimited fine.
Where a director is convicted of bribery, they may also be disqualified from holding a director position for up to 15 years