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The Bribery Act

This guide provides an overview of the offences in the UK relating to bribery, corruption, the Fraud Act and money laundering. It also includes steps that can be taken to minimise the risk of criminal liability being attributed to corporate entities for such offences.

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The Bribery Act

William Christopher, Stacy Keen, Tom Stocker and Barry Vitou ICSA Publishing Ltd, 2013

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1. Bribery and why it matters

Chapter 1 provides an overview of the offences under the Bribery Act and also looks at defences, penalties, types of corruption risk, corruption 'red flags' and why it matters.

2. Criminal fraud and money laundering offences

Chapter 2 includes an overview of the offences and penalties relating to the Fraud Act and money laundering in the UK.

3. Response and Investigation protocol

Chapter 3 looks at steps that can be taken by a business to investigate any allegations of impropriety that might attribute criminal liability to the company.

4. Powers of enforcement authorities: dawn raids

Chapter 4 discusses aspects of the powers of the police, Serious Fraud Office and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in England and Wales to conduct 'dawn raids.'

5. Frauds against a corporate entity

Chapter 5 focuses on detecting, preventing and reacting to frauds committed against a business

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This guide serves to provide an overview of some of the key law. It is not a substitute for independent legal service. You should seek legal advice if you are concerned about the issues raised in this guide.

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