Bribery and corruption

Blake Morgan's lawyers can provide expert advice on all aspects of the Bribery Act 2010 as well as other corruption issues and applying adequate risk management and compliance procedures across your organisation.

Main areas of practice 

Our lawyers have particular expertise in the implementation of the Bribery Act 2010. The Act has far reaching consequences for businesses, both in the UK and abroad, as businesses must be able to demonstrate that they have thought through the risk of bribery in all areas of their operation and addressed each of those areas proportionately, according to the level of risk and priority. 

We can help you with making a risk assessment and the subsequent implementation and review of the following:

  • Gift and hospitality policies
  • Employment contracts
  • Recruitment and vetting of staff
  • Vetting of suppliers
  • Use of agents in the UK or abroad
  • Charitable donations
  • Remuneration and service level agreements

Our specialist solicitors will then work with you to ensure your business has a robust risk management and compliance programme in place. To help you, we provide tailored training and workshops, focussing on the issues that are central to your business. We will advise on how to mitigate against any risk factors as well as compliance issues that may arise.

If you are concerned about something that may have happened or be happening in your business, our commercial expertise, combined with our litigation and regulatory backgrounds, means we will offer you practical and compliant solutions. We will advise you about matters such as internal investigations and potential internal conflicts of interest and will help you to weigh up complex issues such as whether to self-report.

Should your business have the misfortune to become the subject of a bribery or corruption investigation we will represent you in formal interviews with the regulators and in any subsequent prosecution.

Clients

We provide legal advice to a wide range of companies, from small owner-managed businesses to large global corporations. We also advise charities, public bodies and educational institutions. 

Significant experience 

We have a wealth of experience in advising on bribery and corruption issues, before and since the implementation of the bribery Act 2010. Examples of how we have helped clients include:

  • Providing tailored training workshops to the sales teams and global board of a safety solutions supplier
  • Advising a global company on potential compliance issues with facilitation payments
  • Drafting numerous Anti-Bribery and associated policies for a wide range of organisations
  • Carrying out an independent audit and assessment of bribery act policies, procedures and implementation for a global provider of equipment and software solutions
  • Advising a project management consultancy on potential compliance issues with contractors
  • Preparing industry guidance, for example contributing to the Bribery Act Handbook, prepared by Intellect, and giving guidance to APSCO members
  • Giving presentations to industry organisations such as R3 Insolvency Professionals, Constructing Excellence and APSCO

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Related Knowledge & Resources

Lesson to be learned from Standard Bank financial orders

News

On 30 November 2015 the Crown Court approved a deferred prosecution agreement entered into by Standard Bank with the Serious Fraud Office to settle a bribery allegation triggered by a self-report made by the bank in 2013.

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