Implementation of UK Bribery Act Delayed Until April 2011

The UK Bribery Act, enacted by the UK Parliament on April 8, 2010, criminalizes commercial bribery and bribery of domestic and foreign government officials; receipt of a bribe; and failure by a corporate entity to prevent bribery. The new law has been a hot topic for lawyers and international companies, and had been widely expected to become effective before the end of autumn 2010. Yesterday, however, the UK’s Ministry of Justice announced that the Bribery Act is now expected to come into force in April 2011. Full details are available in this post on my Enforcement Action blog over at Compliance Week.