The UK Bribery Act came into force on 1 July 2011 and with
increased enforcement activity on the part of both the SFO and the
FCA, businesses need to ensure that they have adequate procedures
in place to deal with bribery and corruption.
This toolkit has been developed to provide easy access to bribery
and corruption resources for your business and to allow you to keep
up to date with recent developments in this area. We welcome all
February 2014: Deferred Prosecution Agreements (US-style plea
bargaining arrangements) became available on 24 February 2014. The Code of Practice regarding the proposed approach to the use of
DPAs was published on 14 February. In addition, the Sentencing
Council published its sentencing guidelines for fraud, bribery and money laundering
offences on Friday 31 January. Although the guidelines for
corporate offenders will not take effect until October 2014, they
have been published to coincide with the introduction of DPAs.
Draft versions of both the Code and the sentencing guidelines were
published for consultation in June 2013. For more detail, see
our newsflash and the article we wrote for PLC. Both follow on from the
Crime and Courts Act 2013 which received Royal Assent in April
2013. The Act introduces DPAs.
October 2013: Recent speeches by the SFO clarify its approach
towards self-reporting. See our newsflash
for more detail.
Bribery and corruption - a guide to the UK anti-bribery regime,
its implications for businesses and practical steps on how to avoid
falling foul of the legislation.
corruption: Case studies overview - a snapshot of the cases
that are being investigated, awaiting prosecution or have been
prosecuted by the UK enforcement agencies.
Act against Bribery - Ashurst's complimentary
e-learning tool for clients giving an essential introduction to the
UK Bribery Act.
If you would like training on this topic, Ashurst can provide
boardroom training specifically targeted to your industry and
sector. Click here for more
Bribery Act including explanatory notes
Bribery Act 2010: Adequate Procedure
Bribery Act 2010: Prosecution Guidance
Bribery Act 2010: Quick Start Guide
Deferred Prosecution Agreements: Government response to the
Deferred Prosecution Agreements: Consultation on
Draft Code of Practice
Sentencing Council's definitive sentencing
guidelines for fraud, bribery and money laundering
offences and the response to the consultation
2011 Bribe Payers Index - ranks the likelihood of companies
from 28 leading economies to win business abroad by paying bribes.
Transparency International Corruption Perception Index - The
2013 Transparency Corruptions Perception Index (CPI) measures the
degree to which public sector corruption is perceived to exist in
182 countries around the world. It scores countries on a scale from
10 (very clean) to 0 (highly corrupt).
Transparency International guide to adequate
procedures (including checklist)
International Briefing - How are supply chains affected? 20
point checklist, case study scenario and sample policy
Transparency International Handbook: How to bribe - a
typology of bribe paying and how to stop it