The Bribery Act 2010 was introduced to update and enhance UK law on bribery including foreign bribery in order to address better the requirements of the 1997 OECD antibribery convention. It is now among the strictest legislation internationally on bribery
Ignorance is not bliss. There is no requirement that an organisation authorises, encourages or even be aware of, or otherwise involved in, the payment of the bribe. For the organisation itself to be guilty of the offence, it is sufficient that a person associated with the organisation paid the bribe.
This puts the burden of prevention of bribery on the commercial organisation. Legal experts say that one of the defences is that the company regularly trains its staff on integrity or has produced a set of rules of compliance for its staff.
The Bribery Act has important