Is the government going soft on bribery? It looks as though the government may delay, soften or remove a part of the upcoming Bribery Act that requires businesses to have a process in place to prevent bribery and corruption.
Bribery is already illegal. But it will happen unless companies actively try to prevent it. Yet Richard Lambert’s contribution to the debate was to say: “it’s clear that business has a strong interest in the integrity of the UK’s rule of law, but the drafting has left too much uncertainty about how the rules might apply. It’s just not good enough to say that this can be resolved in the courts.” But then neither is it good enough to say that without suggesting exactly what the law should say – while still being effective.