Bribery Act — finally making waves

In June, the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) chief investigating officer, Kevin Davis, announced that the SFO is actively investigating two cases under the Bribery Act and a further six cases are being considered and may lead to prosecutions. In July, the City of London police revealed it was investigating 25 bribery cases (although it was not clear how many of these relate to the old law prior to the Bribery Act).

Adrian Leppard, City of London police commissioner, also announced that, in a joint initiative with the British Standards Institution, the City of London police will start delivering courses to help companies comply with anti-bribery and corruption legislation. The training programmes will start in September 2013.

Finally, the SFO announced last week that four men had been charged with offences of making and accepting a financial advantage contrary to sections 1 and 2 of the Bribery Act 2010. These are the first charges to be brought by the SFO under the Bribery Act 2010…

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