DWF logo

Search

DWF logo

            Litigation - Bribery

            The required steps for assessing and managing bribery regulatory compliance within your organisation can be minimal, and yet might avoid exposing you to public, and at times oppressive, criminal investigation.

            Our specialists are experienced in supporting organisations to identify and address either general areas of concern within business operations or, more specifically, employee practices that may have given rise to allegations of fraud, corruption and or bribery.

            In addition to avoiding the negative consequences of a criminal investigation, increasingly organisations are being asked by prospective customers/business partners to demonstrate those features of their internal governance designed to combat the risk of bribery and corruption. We work with businesses to develop this aspect of their operations, making it a commercial strength rather than a weakness.

            How we do it 

            The current climate of detection and enforcement of bribery and corruption offences, means that this is now a real risk for individuals and corporates alike.

            We understand that organisations need a tailored approach to managing the risks associated with bribery regulatory compliance.

            Our experience and expertise in this field includes:

            Non-contentious:

            • Advising companies on the application of the Bribery Act to their Jurisdiction/Sector/Business Operations, adopting a risk-based commercial approach.
            • Regularly reviewing companies' bribery compliance mechanisms and advising on additional improvements or wholescale redrafting and implementation of policies.
            • Providing training, to all levels of the corporate structure, to support the corporate defence of demonstrating 'adequate procedures' to prevent bribery.

            Contentious:

            • Supporting detailed internal investigations into compliance arrangements, in particular identifying issues and recommending improvement actions.
            • Advising corporates upon the advantages of 'self-reporting' issues in accordance with SFO/CPS guidance
            • Representing companies/individuals in criminal investigations that might arise as a result of those practices.

            Our specialists are known for their experience of where issues commonly arise, combined with an in depth understanding of criminal enforcement, to deliver practical solutions.

            A practical sector understanding

            As part of one of the largest, market-leading law firms, we’re able to bring a particular strength and understanding across our core sectors. With experience working with organisations in the construction & infrastructure, energy, financial services, food, healthcare, hospitality & leisure, industrials, insurance, police & prison, public sector, real estate, retail, technology & communications and transport sectors, we apply our practical understanding of how relevant issues affect your business.
            This commitment to understanding our clients leads to commercially-driven advice, allowing you to determine the best places to invest resources to most effectively mitigate the risks faced.

            Key work in this area includes:

            • Advising a public body upon an internal investigation into procurement practices following an expose in the national press.
            • Advice to a company in respect of self-reporting process spanning activities in multiple jurisdictions and multiple Regulators.
            • Representing Company Directors in a Police Investigation into allegations of fraud, corruption and bribery.
            • Structuring an internal investigation for a plc following concerns raised in respect of excessive corporate hospitality.
            • Preparing a suite of UKBA compliance documents, including a detailed risk assessment, for an African based mining company.

            David Egan

            • Partner // Head of Environment (UK)

            Paul Matthews

            • Partner // Head of Regulatory (Yorkshire and North East)

            We use cookies to give you the best user experience on our website. Please let us know if you accept our use of cookies.

            Learn More

            Your Privacy

            When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. We mainly use this information to ensure the site works as you expect it to, and to learn how we can improve the experience in the future. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalised web experience.
            Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change permissions. However, blocking some types of cookies may prevent certain site functionality from working as expected

            Functional cookies

            (Required)

            These cookies let you use the website and are required for the website to function as expected.

            These cookies are required

            Tracking cookies

            Anonymous cookies that help us understand the performance of our website and how we can improve the website experience for our users. Some of these may be set by third parties we trust, such as Google Analytics.

            They may also be used to personalise your experience on our website by remembering your preferences and settings.

            Marketing cookies

            These cookies are used to improve and personalise your experience with our brands. We may use these cookies to show adverts for our products, or measure the performance of our adverts.