Government delays Bribery Act to write new guidance –

Posted February 3rd, 2011 in bribery, legislation, news by sally

“The Government has delayed the implementation of the Bribery Act. It will not now come into force in April as planned but will be put on hold while the Government rewrites guidance for businesses on how to comply with the 2010 law.”

Full story, 31st January 2011


British firms face bribery blacklist, warns corruption watchdog – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2011 in bribery, international law, news by sally

“British companies may face international blacklisting as a result of the government’s attempts to water down the Bribery Act, the chairman of an international anti-corruption watchdog warned.”

Full story

The Guardian, 31st January 2011


Government will publish new guidance on bribery law –

Posted January 19th, 2011 in bribery, news by sally

“The Government will publish new guidelines on bribery, it has said. The rules will help companies to comply with the Bribery Act which was passed last year.”

Full story, 18th January 2011


Bribery Act guidance is too vague, says Law Society –

Posted November 30th, 2010 in bribery, Law Society, news by sally

“Proposed rules on what companies have to do to avoid being prosecuted under new bribery laws are not detailed enough, the Law Society has said. More clarification, particularly for smaller companies, is needed, it has told the Government.”

Full story, 30th November 2010


The Bribery Act and how in-house counsel can help combat corruption – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 14th, 2010 in bribery, corruption, news by sally

“In July the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced that the Bribery Act will not come into force until April 2011, a full year after it received royal assent. At the same time, it promised to issue guidance to enable commercial organisations to understand the concept of ‘adequate procedures’. This guidance is the subject of a consultation process, managed by the MoJ, with a closing date for responses set for 8 November.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 14th October 2010


Attorney General: World Bribery & Corruption Compliance forum – Attorney General’s Office

Posted September 16th, 2010 in attorney general, bribery, corruption, legislation, speeches by sally

“The Attorney General addresses the World Bribery & Corruption Compliance Forum in London, 14th September 2010.”

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 14th Setember 2010


Government consults on anti-bribery guidance –

Posted September 16th, 2010 in bribery, consultations, corruption, legislation, news by sally

“The Government has published the six principles that will be used to determine whether or not a company is responsible for bribery offences committed by its employees or agents under new anti-corruption laws.”

Full story, 16th September 2010


Bribery Act consultation launched – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 15th, 2010 in bribery, consultations, legislation, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The Ministry of Justice is set to consult with UK companies about the new UK Bribery Act, which will come into force in April 2011”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 14th September 2010


John Higgins banned from snooker but cleared of match-fixing – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 8th, 2010 in bribery, disciplinary procedures, news, sport by sally

“Former world champion John Higgins has been banned from snooker until November for bringing the game into disrepute but cleared of ‘agreeing or offering’ to accept bribes.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2010


Implementation of Bribery Act delayed –

Posted July 23rd, 2010 in bribery, consultations, legislation, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The Government has postponed the implementation of a groundbreaking new anti-bribery law to allow for further consultation on how companies can prepare for its demands. Anti-corruption campaigners have condemned the move.”

Full story, 21st July 2010


Bribery Act implementation – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 21st, 2010 in bribery, legislation, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The UK will reinforce its reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, when the Bribery Act comes into force in April 2011.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 20th July 2010


Crown prosecutor who dropped assault case for £10,000 jailed – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 14th, 2010 in bribery, corruption, misfeasance in public office, news, sentencing by sally

“A corrupt Crown prosecutor who pocketed £10,000 to use his position to discontinue an assault case has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 14th July 2010


Prosecutor admits halting case for £20,000 bribe – The Independent

“A corrupt senior Crown prosecutor has admitted pocketing £20,000 to use his position to discontinue a criminal case, it can be reported today.”

Full story

The Independent, 29th June 2010


First British executive jailed for corrupting foreign officials – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2010 in bribery, corruption, news, sentencing, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“The first British executive convicted of corrupting foreign officials to land contracts was today jailed for a year.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th April 2010


Royal Assent for Bribery Bill and Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 9th, 2010 in bribery, constitutional reform, legislation, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill and Bribery Bill have today received Royal Assent.”

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Ministry of Justice, 8th April 2010


Bribery Act 2010

Posted April 9th, 2010 in bribery, legislation by sally

Bribery Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)


Judge says plea deal tied his hands over fine for corrupt firm – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2010 in bribery, corruption, fines, news, plea bargaining, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“A senior judge today criticised the Serious Fraud Office for striking plea bargains which let off corrupt companies too lightly.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th March 2010


Statutory guidance will tell companies how to prevent bribery –

Posted February 17th, 2010 in bills, bribery, news by sally

“A Government minister will have to publish guidance for companies on a new bribery offence that had been criticised for not being clear enough. The Bribery Bill would make it an offence for a company to fail to prevent bribery.”

Full story, 16th February 2010


Spies must seek ministerial green light to pay bribes, Lords rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2010 in bills, bribery, intelligence services, ministers' powers and duties, news, spying by sally

“Spies will have to seek permission from ministers before paying bribes to ‘contacts’, the House of Lords has ruled.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2010


High Court ruling reveals lawyer’s role in £380,000 aviation ‘bribe’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 4th, 2010 in airlines, appeals, bribery, news, solicitors by sally

“A senior City lawyer arranged for a £380,000 ‘bribe’ to be paid to a former Indian state official in a failed attempt to unlawfully secure a lucrative aviation contract for her clients, a High Court ruling has revealed.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 4th February 2010