An administrative court clerk is expected to be the first person to be prosecuted under the UK Bribery Act. The UK Bribery Act 2010 entered into force on 1 July 2011 and reforms the criminal law to provide a new scheme of bribery offences. The UK Crown Prosecution Service decided to prosecute the court clerk for requesting and receiving a bribe intending to improperly perform his functions. He will be charged on 14 October 2011. The clerk allegedly promised an individual that he could influence the course of criminal proceedings in exchange for GBP 500. The maximum sentence for the offence is ten years' imprisonment.
On 21 July 2011, the Financial Services Authority ("FSA") stressed its focus on compliance with regulatory obligations in relation to bribery and anti-corruption risks by levying a record fine of GBP 6.895 million on Willis Limited, a UK insurance and reinsurance brokerage firm. According to the FSA, the failings in Willis' anti-bribery and corruption systems and controls created an unacceptable risk that payments made by Willis to overseas third parties could be used for corrupt purposes.