Ministry of Justice Publishes Bribery Act 2010 Guidance


On March 30, the UK Ministry of Justice published detailed guidance on "adequate procedures" for companies to put in place to prevent infringement of the Bribery Act 2010. It also published a shorter "quick start guide" aimed at smaller businesses.

The Bribery Act, which will come into force on July 1, creates four criminal offenses: (1) bribing another; (2) being bribed; (3) bribing a foreign official; and (4) (for commercial organizations) failing to prevent bribery. If a commercial organization can show that it has adequate procedures in place, this can form the basis of a defense to the offense of failing to prevent bribery.

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