Bribery and Corruption

Our Business Crime Solicitors provide the highest standard of legal representation and advocacy and expertly represent individuals and businesses accused of bribery or corruption offences.

The Bribery Act 2010 is the main legislation in the UK, which aims to prevent and prosecute those involved in bribery. Bribery is considered the act of offering, giving or promising something of value for the purpose of influencing another person to do something. Offences under the law also include the acts of receiving or agreeing to do something as a result of a bribe. Essentially, bribery intends to induce improper conduct and carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine, which may include confiscation of property.

The bribe must be related to relevant activities, including functions connected with a business or employment, of a public nature, or on behalf of a body corporate. 

It is a defence under the Act to prove that, as an organisation, there were adequate procedures in place to prevent persons from engaging in acts of bribery. This is why it is essential to ensure compliance with the positive obligation to implement anti-corruption procedures including risk assessments, due diligence of associated persons, staff training and ongoing monitoring. Nicholls & Nicholls have extensive experience dealing with the complexities of ensuring compliance and can assist individuals, directors and management teams with these issues as criminal liability can have huge consequences.

Whether you are concerned about an upcoming investigation or have been accused of an offence, Nicholls & Nicholls can assist with defending allegations of bribery and corruption. We also offer expert training to enable your company to protect itself and implement adequate policies and procedures. 

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