first prosecution under the Bribery Act 2010

Employers have been waiting to see whether the application of the provisions of the Bribery Act 2010 will impact upon the way in which they conduct business, most particularly in respect of corporate hospitality and overseas transactions where it is often considered essential to ‘smooth the way’ in order to do business. The Act has a broad jurisdictional reach as it covers acts which take place outside the UK if the individual or company have a close connection with the UK.

It may then perhaps come as a small relief that the first prosecution under the Act is in connection with conduct that most of us would consider to be inappropriate, even immoral. Mr Munir Patel, a former magistrates’ court clerk, was filmed accepting a £500 ‘bung’ to ensure details of a traffic offence were not entered onto the court’s database.

Bribery Act

The Bribery Act 2010 was passed just over a year ago, on 8 April 2010 as one of the final pieces of legislation enacted by the last Labour government. The incoming coalition government originally intended to bring the Act into force on 1 October 2010 but postponed this until April 2011 – and then again…