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The UK has one of the toughest anti-bribery and corruption regimes in the world. The corporate criminal offence of failing to prevent bribery can be committed by businesses (large and small), charities and public authorities anywhere in the world, and regardless of whether or not they are aware of bribery taking place.

With consequences including unlimited fines for organisations, debarment from tenders, irreparable damage to reputation and prison sentences of up to 10 years for individuals, compliance with the law is essential.

Our expert team has extensive experience of advising clients on developing and implementing tailored compliance programmes that are appropriate to their needs. Our focus is on providing practical and pragmatic advice that meets the needs of each client and fits with its existing culture and practices as well as the actual risks it faces.

What we do...

  • Clients - advising national and international business, charities and public bodies on developing and implementing anti-bribery and corruption compliance programmes.

  • Sectors – knowledge of the key risks faced by different sectors including retail, luxury goods, construction, charities, insurance and health.

  • Risk assessment - carrying out detailed risk assessments in order to develop compliance policies and procedures in line with MoJ guidance on 'adequate procedures' including the provision of comprehensive risk assessment questionnaires and coordinating brainstorming sessions and interviews.

  • Policies and procedures – developing and implementing policies and procedures that reflect the risk profile of the organisation including briefing senior managers and ensuring the compliance controls and monitoring are supported from the top.

  • Training – developing and providing bespoke interactive training for employees at all levels of an organisation.

  • Corporate - advising on bribery and corruption issues associated with corporate sales and acquisitions including multi-jurisdictional due diligence and in-depth risk assessment.

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