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Penalties

Individuals

What penalties are available to the courts for violations of corruption laws by individuals?

For both individuals and organisations, the penalties for corruption offences under the Bribery Act 2010 and under earlier law will depend on the seriousness of the offence. There are no mandatory minimum sentences for bribery offences.

The 2010 act provides for maximum penalties for individuals of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years and/or an unlimited fine.

At common law, bribery is an indictable offence and there is no statutory maximum term of imprisonment. Under the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889 and the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, the maximum penalties for individuals are seven years’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine. 

Companies or organisations

What penalties are available to the courts for violations of corruption laws by companies or organisations?

Under the 2010 act, the maximum penalty for companies is an unlimited fine. At common law, bribery is an indictable offence and there is no statutory maximum term of imprisonment. Under the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889 and the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, the maximum penalty for a company is an unlimited fine.

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