Munir Patel will go down in UK legal history as the first person to be prosecuted under the Bribery Act 2010. He is alleged to have offered to take a bribe during his employment at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court in Ilford.

The Crown Prosecution Service has said in a statement that Mr Patel, an administrative clerk at the Court, is charged with "requesting and receiving a bribe intending to improperly perform his functions" under Section 2 of the Act.

Under the Act, the maximum penalty for individuals found guilty of bribery is 10 years' imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

Austin Flynn, Morton Fraser's Corporate Law expert, said "This clearly shows the government is serious about stamping out bribery in the workplace and businesses which haven't already put in the correct procedures and distributed guidelines to their staff should take this as a warning.”