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By Charles Pugh and Andrew Waters, Bristows

The Bribery Act 2010, which came into force on 1 July, repealed the UK’s previous anti-bribery and corruption legislation, replacing it with a single code and significantly extending the scope of bribery offences which can be prosecuted before the UK courts.

The Bribery Act sets out four main offences:
• offering, promising or giving a bribe (meaning any advantage) (section 1);
• requesting, agreeing to receive or receiving a bribe (section 2);
• bribing a foreign public official (section 6); and
• failure by a commercial organisation to prevent bribery (section 7).

This briefing will consider the jurisdictional reach of those offences, before considering the implications for international companies and the particular risk of concurrent investigations into connected behaviour arising in a number of jurisdictions.

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About the Authors

Charles Pugh, Partner

Charles Pugh joined Bristows as a partner in 2008. He specialises in international commercial litigation and arbitration. His extensive experience covers the breadth of
general commercial matters but with particular emphasis on pan-European litigation,
insolvency, cross-border asset tracing and professional negligence.

Pugh has been ranked in Chambers as a leading practitioner in complex litigation and
he regularly contributes editorial content for leading insolvency publications. He is a
member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association and sits on the Disciplinary Committee of the Insolvency Practitioners Association.

Andrew Waters, Associate

Andrew Waters has experience of advising on a wide range of disputes. He has advised on cases before the High Court, as well as having experience of international arbitration and of regulatory enforcement, including acting on cases brought by the Financial Services Authority and the Office of Fair Trading.


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