The Bribery Act 2010 makes it an offence to:
- offer, give, promise or;
- request, accept or agree to accept
A financial or other advantage in exchange for improperly performing a relevant function or activity. A relevant function or activity could be of a public nature, connected to a business or performed in the course of a person’s employment. It is well established in most business cultures that entertaining will take place with the use of corporate gifts and hospitality.
To avoid any inference that the same is intended to influence they must be reasonable and proportionate. Due to the potential effect on fair business competition bribery charges can lead to serious sentences including imprisonment. It is imperative that you are represented by experts in this field who have the ability to assess and analyse the complexities which arise out of these types of cases.
At Richardson Lissack we work tirelessly to ensure your defence is fully explored to achieve the very best outcome.