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House of Lords to review the Bribery Act 2010

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Summary: On 17 May, the House of Lords appointed an ad hoc Select Committee to consider and report on the Bribery Act 2010 (“Act”). The Committee is expected to publish a call for evidence later this month and to publish its findings in March 2019. On 7 June, Partner and head of corporate crime, Andrew Tuson, was featured in The Times Brief providing commentary on the House of Lords’ review of the Act.

The full Article 'Corporate liability poses bigger risks to smaller companies' was first published on the Times on 7 June 2018.

The article considers:

  • the existing confusion about the Act, particularly among small and medium enterprises;
  • what the committee should look at; and
  • what conclusions the committee may draw.

He considers the prosecutions under the Act to date, including the conviction of Skansen Interiors Ltd in March for failure to prevent bribery under section 7 of the Act.  He also looks at the context of the recent extension of the model of corporate criminal liability to the new offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion under the Criminal Finances Act 2017.

BCLP’s Investigations, Financial Regulation and White Collar Team has substantial experience in advising clients in relation to the Bribery Act 2010 and corporate criminal liability more generally.  Please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Tuson (London) if you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this article or this area more generally.

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