Thursday 20 November 2008

UK: England and Wales: new corporate bribery offence proposed

The Law Commission for England and Wales has today published its final report Reforming Bribery. Major reform is proposed. Amongst the proposals is one for the introduction of a new corporate offence: negligently failing to prevent bribery by an employee or agent. There is a defence to this crime: having in place adequate systems to prevent bribery. The Government has welcomed the Commission's report and has stated that a draft Bill will be brought forward in the next session of Parliament. 

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