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The Bribery Act 2010’s four primary categories of offence

Nick Johnson QC, Nick Hill and Sophie O’Sullivan authored the third chapter of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption. This chapter summary looks at the four primary categories of offence under the Bribery Act 2010, with reference to recent trials, caselaw, guidance and deferred prosecution agreements. It is part of a serialisation of the chapters that members of Outer Temple contributed to the publication. The Bribery Act 2010 abolished the common law offences and swept away the somewhat outdated nineteenth and twentieth century Prevention of Corruption Acts, to provide clarity to bribery law by putting the offences in a singular, statutory context. Chapter 3 of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption answers core and fundamental questions about the composition and scope of…

Business Crime, Business Crime, Legal Blog & Publications, News 21 Oct, 2020

The Bribery Act 2010: how did we get here?

Oliver Powell authored the second chapter of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption. The following is a summary of his chapter, giving an overview of UK legislation prior to the Bribery Act 2010. It is part of a serialisation of the chapters that members of Outer Temple contributed to the publication. As a result of piecemeal development over more than 100 years, the legislative framework which preceded the Bribery Act 2010 (‘BA 2010’) was complicated and confusing. The second chapter of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption not only provides clarity on the pre-existing law but it also sets out how the Courts have dealt with pre-BA 2010 offences, which is highly significant given that the new offences…

Business Crime, Business Crime, Legal Blog & Publications, News 13 Oct, 2020

Anti-corruption enforcement: The UK’s journey from basket-case to the Bribery Act

Jeremy Scott-Joynt authored the first chapter of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption. Jeremy has summarised his chapter on the UK’s history of anti-corruption enforcement as part of a serialisation of the chapters that members of Outer Temple contributed to the publication. Corruption is universal. Human beings striving for advantage have always sought it by suborning the servants of their rivals. No group or nation is immune, and the UK is no exception. Its history is replete with examples, from rotten boroughs and army commissions bought and sold to Rachmanism and parliamentary sleaze. In typical English fashion, though, the enforcement framework confronting what has, at times, been endemic bribery and corruption had until 2010 developed piecemeal, through a tattered…

Business Crime, Business Crime, Legal Blog & Publications, News 7 Oct, 2020

Publication of the Third edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption

We are delighted to announce that the Third edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption has been published by LexisNexis Butterworths. The practitioner’s book was edited by Fiona Horlick QC and Richard Lissack QC, and was contributed to by a number of Outer Temple members. In 2010, the UK’s law on bribery changed from a collection of ancient statutes, distorted in some cases by contradictory authority, to a single statute often regarded as one of the most rigorous, and wide-ranging in application, in the world. Since coming into force in 2011, numerous prosecutions were brought on the basis of the Bribery Act as well as five of the eight deferred prosecution agreements reached in the UK to date. It…

Business Crime, Business Crime, Legal Blog & Publications, News 30 Sep, 2020

Webcast: EY & OTC join forces to discuss compliance and investigations after Covid-19

EY and Outer Temple Chambers have collaborated on a two-part discussion on the practical legal and risk considerations when navigating your compliance and investigations framework. Watch the recordings here. Failure to organise your compliance framework and react to internal issues can be disastrous for organisations, resulting in fines, sanctions and reputational damage. During the heat of the COVID-19 crisis, while most organisations adapted at pace and carried on through the pandemic, aspects of their usual compliance processes did go into a level of hibernation. Now is the time to look back at what happened, put right any ‘wrongs’ and use lessons learnt to strengthen your organisations’ business conduct and ethics framework. Where there may have been ‘wrongs’, the decision of…

Business Crime Webinars, Business Crime, Legal Blog & Publications, Webinars & Vlogs 27 Jul, 2020

Oliver Powell and Sophie O’Sullivan Contribute to the Government’s Public Sector Counter Fraud Journal

Oliver Powell and Sophie O’Sullivan were delighted to contribute to the latest issue of the Government’s Public Sector Counter Fraud Journal, with an article exploring how the UK justice system has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Oliver Powell and Sophie O’Sullivan have been published in Issue 5 of the Public Sector Fraud Journal. The Government’s Public Sector Counter Fraud Journal explores the current challenges the government faces when tackling fraud. This issue includes articles on: Updates on Government Counter Fraud Function’s COVID-19 response Impact of COVID-19 on the insurance industry Trust and verification Digital detectives in the NHS COVID-19 and UK justice system Taking the opportunity to make a change Modern slavery and economic crime Black Swans Oliver and Sophie wrote…

Business Crime, Legal Blog & Publications 4 Jun, 2020

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