Bribery Act Conviction – Employers Take Note (Updated)

Posted: 12th September 2011

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. It is an offence under the Act for a person to request, agree to receive or accept a financial or other advantage intending that, in consequence, a relevant function or activity should be performed improperly.
In what is the first conviction under the Act, Munir Yakub Patel, a former Magistrates’ Court clerk, has pleaded guilty to bribery and misconduct in public office.
Mr Patel admitted taking a £500 bribe from a member of the public to prevent details of a speeding charge from appearing on the Court database. He also pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office regarding similar offences.
Mr Patel was fined £500 and sentenced to three years in prison.
Employers are urged to make sure their anti-bribery policies are explicit and communicated to all employees. Contact us for advice.