Anti Bribery

An article on the Metropolitan Police website offers guidance to business regarding the Bribery Act 2010

Bribery Act 2010 Summary

Following public consultation in November 2010 and the publication of Her Majesty's Government’s ‘Adequate Procedures’ Guidance to business in 2011, the new Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1st July, 2011. It makes 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, with section 6 specifically relating to foreign public officials. 

The act introduces a corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery by persons working on behalf of a business; with a potential defence reliant on the company showing ‘adequate procedures’ were in place. 

The act also increases the maximum penalty for bribery from seven to ten years imprisonment, with an unlimited fine. 

The new act completely repeals:

  • Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889
  • Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and 
  • Prevention of Corruption Act 1916 

and partially repeals, revokes or amends a number of other linked legislative instruments. 

All offences pre 1st July 2011 will be dealt with under the previous legislation. 

This Act has significantly empowered the OACU in its mission to investigate and prosecute individuals and companies responsible for corruption and bribery overseas however without the support of our overseas partners the prosecutions are ultimately unachievable.

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