The UK has some of the toughest anti-corruption legislation in the world, in the form of The Bribery Act 2010 and the Criminal Finances Act 2017. These Acts criminalise giving and receiving bribes both in the UK and abroad, resulting in corporate liability offences when companies are unable to prevent bribery from subsidiaries, agents and business partners.
At BMS Solicitors, our corruption and fraud specialists have substantial experience in representing clients charged in serious and complex corruption and bribery cases. We recommend seeking advice and guidance early on to avoid charges of corruption and bribery in the first place. This may include advice on anti-corruption procedures, representation in interviews, or pre-emptive internal investigations.
The Serious Fraud Office encourages co-operation and self-reporting, which often results settlements or deferred prosecution rather than criminal prosecution. We are experts at advising and negotiating on behalf of individuals and companies in order to avoid criminal liability and damage to reputations that a prosecution would bring.
For more details, advice and guidance on bribery and corruption cases, please contact a member of our Bribery & Corruption team today.