Bribery and Corruption Defence - Qamar Solicitors

Individuals and companies who are convicted of corporate offences under the Bribery Act 2010 face significant and potentially devastating penalties. If you are under investigation for, or being prosecuted for bribery offences under the Act, contact our criminal defence solicitors for urgent advice and assistance. The specialist regulatory lawyers at Qamar Solicitors are highly experienced in representing clients facing bribery and corruption charges.

Business organisations bear an increasingly heavy regulatory burden, having to comply with numerous rules and regulations ranging from the health and safety, the Environment Agency, and HMRC, to trading standards. We have the expertise to help you and your company.

What are the Bribery Act Offences?

The Act came into force in July 2011 and is known as one of the toughest anti-corruption laws in the world. It deals with various aspects of criminal behavior on the part of corporations, partnerships, and senior personnel within businesses. It places the responsibility on business organisations for the activities of their employees, their agents, and affiliates to ensure that their anti-corruption procedures will protect them from potential criminal liability and unlimited fines

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Offences under the act include:

  • General bribery offences of giving and receiving bribes (in both the public and private sectors)
  • Bribing a foreign public official

The Act defines bribery as when a person offers, gives or promises to give a financial or other advantage to another individual in exchange for improperly performing a relevant function or activity. The financial or other advantage is not defined in the Act.

The offence of being bribed is defined as requesting, accepting or agreeing to accept such an advantage, in exchange for improperly performing such a function or activity.

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The Act also provides for:

  • corporate liability for failing to prevent bribery
  • personal criminal liability for senior officers (including directors, managers and company secretaries) of a company that commits a bribery offence with the consent or connivance of that senior officer
  • Bribery of a foreign public official

The regulatory team at Qamar Solicitors are experienced in advising and representing individuals facing prosecution under the Bribery Act. Where necessary, we consult with experienced lawyers who can advise on the law in other jurisdictions.

Sentencing?

An individual convicted of a crime under the Act could face up to 10 years in prison and or an unlimited fine. He or she could also face the confiscation of property under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and disqualification of directors under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

We recognise that he implications on the individuals personal and professional life are potentially devastating. With our help, we will robustly defend you and if you are convicted, we will strive to convince the court to be as lenient as possible to minimise the consequences on you, your family and your professional reputation.