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Bribery Act 2010: checklist

Sarah-Marie Williams of Clyde & Co LLP concludes a series of articles on the Bribery Act 2010 with a checklist to help employers to avoid liability for bribery under the Act. Employers should put in place procedures to help ensure that employees and "associated persons" who provide them with services comply with the Bribery Act 2010. 

1. Be aware of the provisions in the Bribery Act 2010. 

The Bribery Act 2010 is due to come into force on 1 July 2011.  Employers should ensure that they are familiar with, and take action to meet, their obligations under the Bribery Act as the penalties for breaching the Act are severe. Individuals who are successfully prosecuted under the Act can face up to 10 years' imprisonment and an unlimited fine. Commercial employers can face unlimited fines. The jurisdiction of the Act is far reaching, as it covers acts of bribery in the UK and abroad.