The Bribery Act 2010: the impact of the legislation

Emslie, Bernard (2011) The Bribery Act 2010: the impact of the legislation. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The Bribery Act 2010 came into force in the United Kingdom on 1st July 2011. Described as one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in recent years (O'Shea, 2011) its introduction was set against a background of long running international criticism of the UK’s failure to take action in reforming its ineffective anti-bribery legislation. In contrast domestic opposition has arisen that its draconian nature (Robinson, 2010) would restrict business growth at a time of economic recovery (CBI, 2011). The potential impact of the new legislation is likely to be felt primarily, but not exclusively by, businesses that must now take action to prevent bribery. In addition its impact will be felt by the agencies that have responsibility for its enforcement and on the Government who in the gaze of previously critical international anti-bribery groups must ensure its success. Despite the issues surrounding what the Director of the Serious Fraud Office described as a “tough piece of legislation” (Alderman, 2010) there is limited literature material available either in the form of books or public information. This dissertation intends to address that void by critically examining the impact of the Bribery Act 2010 in particular who or what will be affected by it and what those affects are likely to be.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 14:31
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:50

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