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As one of the very best Bribery & Corruption barristers and QC’s in the UK, I know that it has always been a difficult charge to defend, but the offence has become much wider and more complicated since the passing of the Bribery Act 2010, which came into force on 1st July 2011 - replacing the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.


It is unusual too because unlike most crimes (eg Murder, Fraud, Robbery and Rape), it is as much an offence to be bribed (Section 2) as it is to bribe (Section 1).


It is also unusual because unlike most crimes which, to be tried in the UK have to have been committed in the UK, the Bribery Act is so drafted as to make an offence triable in the UK even if the person bribed and the business that he carries on or the function that he carries out, is overseas. There is even a specific offence of ‘Bribery of Foreign Public Officials’ (Section 6).


As a seasoned and top-rated Bribery & Corruption trial lawyer, I know that a great deal of time-consuming and thorough investigation precedes a charging decision in Bribery cases, and considerable resources are utilised in the course of that investigation.


A prosecution for Bribery cannot be commenced without the authority of the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) and the SFO (Serious Fraud Office). That, together with the UK’s international obligations under the OECD conventions to promote economic progress and world trade, perhaps serve to explain why Bribery is taken so seriously both in the UK and in very many countries abroad.


Another way in which the offence of Bribery is so wide ranging is its application to people who don’t actually themselves, do the alleged bribing, but are in a position of potential criminal liability for it nevertheless. This is because of the strict liability upon commercial organisations, including partnerships, to prevent bribery. The only defence to this form of ‘business liability’ is to be able to prove, on balance, that ‘due diligence’ or ‘adequate procedures’ were in place to prevent it.


Bribery has thus become a major target for investigators of ‘commercial crime’ and those of us engaged in defending these allegations frequently have a tough job to do.


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Providing an effective and robust defence is a highly skilled art, and one that needs to be predicated on the tried and tested experience of success that I have achieved as one of the very best Bribery & Corruption defence barristers and QC’s in the UK, with a reputation as a master strategist and supreme tactician.


While a successful defence of this charge can be difficult, with tenacious and expert planning it CAN be achieved and a ‘not guilty’ verdict arrived at.  This is where my experience as a skilful defence barrister and court room advocate comes to p0lay most effectively.


Sometimes the best way to handle this type of case is to try and ‘sideline’ my client so that the spotlight falls on others.  And indeed, there are times when my careful study of the business concerned helps to demonstrate that the allegation is actually totally unfounded. Using this most careful pre-trial investigation and preparation, a client who seems to face an uphill battle, can be triumphantly acquitted.

If you or a family member, would like representation by one
of the UK’s very best Bribery & Corruption barristers and QC’s,
… please feel free to
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