The UK Bribery Act 2010 has been described as the most draconian anti-bribery legislation in the world. It captures both domestic and overseas conduct and it has no exemption for facilitation payments. A conviction for corruption can lead to up to 10 years' imprisonment for individuals and unlimited fines for companies.
The new corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery has required companies to assess and address the risks that bribery may have on their business in order to be able to take advantage of the "adequate procedures" defence provided by the Bribery Act.
CCG Legal has substantial experience in advising companies and individuals under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, the National Crime Agency and the police for corrupt conduct as well as preparing and implementing anti-bribery and corruption compliance policies and procedures.
Our experience includes:
- representing a senior director in respect of a SFO investigation into overseas bribery
- advising a plc under investigation by the SFO for breaching anti-corruption laws
- advising a financial institution in respect of a FCA enforcement investigation into bribery and money laundering
- conducting an internal investigation into bribery following a whistleblower report
- creating and implementing an anti-bribery and corruption compliance programme on-site at a global energy company