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
October 2013: Recent speeches by the SFO clarify its approach
towards self-reporting. See our newsflash
for more detail.
27 June 2013: Director of the Serious Fraud Office and Director of
Public Prosecutions launched a consultation on the draft Code of
Practice regarding their proposed approach to the use of Deferred
Prosecution Agreements (DPAs). This guidance was published in
conjunction with the Sentencing Council's draft sentencing
guidelines for fraud, bribery and money laundering offences. 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. The Act introduces DPAs - US-style plea
bargaining arrangements. The legislation is expected to come into
force in February 2014.
These developments follow the Government's endorsement of DPAs last
year in response to a consultation. A copy of the Government's
response is available on the MoJ website
. For a summary of the consultation paper published in
May, see our briefing
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 draft sentencing guidelines
for fraud, bribery and money laundering offences
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 2012 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
Transparency International guide to adequate
procedures (including checklist)
International Briefing - How are supply chains affected? 20
point checklist, case study scenario and sample policy