Bribery and corruption allegations can be extremely complex and can involve many different sectors or areas of the law.
There are a dozen different Acts which outlaw bribery and corruption in the UK – and some of these date back to the nineteenth century.
Defining bribery and corruption can also require a specialist fraud solicitor to pinpoint exactly where bribery and/or corruption has occurred – or has not occurred – in a matter.
Often investigations will centre on regulation and compliance. However, an allegation of bribery and corruption will usually involve the giving or receiving of benefits – such as cash, a holiday, expensive gifts, favours or even votes – as an inducement to another person to commit a breach of their duties in return for the gift or benefit.
In some circumstances, both parties may feel that the giving or exchanging of “perks” or favours is an acceptable way of promoting goodwill in business.
However, bribery and corruption is an extremely serious offence – the Bribery Act 2010 has also increased the risk of prosecution by creating the new offence of failing to prevent bribery.
The Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 also prohibits British companies from carrying out activities which may amount to bribery and corruption overseas
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors can advise individuals and companies facing allegations of bribery and corruption – or who are under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office for bribery and corruption.
Duncan Lewis can also advise companies on how to protect their businesses from allegations of bribery and corruption if a company’s activities may constitute a breach of current law.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors can also liaise with agencies involved in serious fraud investigations, including:
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department has been recognised as a Top Tier and recommended criminal defence practice by Chambers & Partners UK 2019 and The Legal 500 2019 Edition for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in fraud cases.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal – and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious fraud cases.
Duncan Lewis has considerable expertise in handling very high court costs (VHCC) cases involving financial fraud.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide across England and Wales – and a fraud lawyer from Duncan Lewis can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to advise on charges.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing bribery and corruption charges – call Duncan Lewis any time on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice on all fraud charges.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis advises clients who are facing fraud charges – or who may be interviewed in relation to bribery and corruption allegations – to contact us as soon as possible.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors can advise even before a charge for bribery and corruption is brought – and a solicitor from our specialist fraud department can attend a police station fraud interview conducted by the police, Serious Fraud Office or HM Revenue and Customs.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services –Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some criminal cases, after the event insurance may be an option and Duncan Lewis will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.
Call Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors to discuss offences or interview under caution relating to bribery and corruption on 020 7923 4020.