Bribery and Corruption
The Bribery Act 2010 affects all individuals in the UK and all UK businesses. The Act also affects those overseas businesses conducting part of their business in the UK. An offence would be tried in the UK regardless of where in the world the act of bribery took place if the business is a UK business or conducts some business in the UK.
The Bribery Act 2010 created four offences:
- Bribing another person
- Requesting or agreeing to accept a bribe
- Bribing a foreign public official
- Failing to prevent a person associated with a commercial organisation from bribing another person for the commercial advantage of that organisation (the corporate offence)
It is important to note that a corporation will be liable if an individual commits any of the first three offences with the consent or involvement of a senior officer. That senior officer will also be personally liable. The corporation becomes criminally liable for the acts of their employees, subsidiaries and agents. This would be the case even if that individual were not tried for the offence.
The penalties for an individual can be imprisonment for up to ten years and/or a fine. In respect of a corporation there can be an unlimited fine.
Why use a solicitor?
- A solicitor will be able to represent you at court.
- They will provide you with the best defence which you will not be able to provide on your own.
- If you do not instruct a solicitor, you will be the only one in court without legal experience or knowledge.
- You will jeopardise your case if you do not use a solicitor as the law is complex.
Why Watson Woodhouse?
- Our specialist solicitors are experts in defending bribery and corruption allegations.
- We have extensive knowledge on the specialist law that governs this offence.
- Your best interests will be our main priority.
- We will provide you with realistic expectations on the likely outcome.