Many businesses spent the summer months carefully crafting their anti-bribery and corruption policies and training-up their staff to ensure that they were fully up to speed with the new regime when it came into force on 1 July 2011. After such a flurry of activity one might have expected that the first prosecution under the new Act would be a high profile corruption scandal pursuant to which the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office would rattle the corporate world. Instead the CPS has announced that the first prosecution will be of a court clerk employed at Redbridge Magistrates' Court, Ilford who is alleged to have promised an individual summonsed for a motoring offence that he could influence the course of criminal proceedings in exchange for £500. The clerk faces a charge under section 2 of the Act for requesting and receiving a bribe intending to improperly perform his functions.