Bribery case serves as warning for businesses to act ethically in Africa, says Eversheds’ Legg

Andrew Legg, partner at Eversheds, has commented following news that British printing company Smith & Ouzman is facing charges of corruption related to contracts for the supply of ballot papers in African elections.

Legg said that although Africa is a continent that provides many business opportunities, those who seek to exploit those opportunities must do so in accordance with applicable laws.

He said: ‘This case will send a timely reminder of the need for those who do business there to act ethically or else run the risk of prosecution if they do not.

‘With the UK Bribery Act and the statutory offences it introduced, this prosecution risk has been significantly increased, particularly for those who adopt corrupt practices in the course of their business operations.’