Bribery Act Delayed

Posted: 3rd February 2011

The Bribery Act, which was due to come into force in April, has been put on the back burner and will not now be implemented until three months after the Government has released its guidance on the meaning of ‘adequate procedures’ in a defence against a charge of bribery.
The legislation provides that a firm which has adequate procedures to guard against bribery will have a valid defence against a charge of bribery. However, given the severity of the offence and the penalties which can be levied on a conviction, the Government wishes to make it as clear as possible the internal controls which are likely to be regarded as adequate to deter bribery being used by employees and others.