On 31 January, the Ministry of Justice (“MoJ”) stated that the implementation of the UK Bribery Act will be delayed until guidance has been published and distributed to businesses to allow them to prepare for the new regime. The MoJ has not committed to an exact date, but has stated: “We are working on the guidance to make it practical and comprehensive for business. We will come forward with further details in due course. When the guidance is published it will be followed by a three-month notice period before implementation of the Act.”
This follows the Government’s announcement in July last year that it was postponing the implementation of the Act until April 2011 in order to give companies a chance to put proper procedures in place. In September last year the MoJ launched a two-month consultation process, with all parties set to be affected by the Act encouraged to give feedback. The guidance was due to be published at the end of January 2011.