House of Lords Committee call for evidence on the Bribery Act - Law Society response

The Law Society, City of London Law Society (CLLS) and Fraud Lawyers Association have made a joint submission to the House of Lords ad hoc Select Committee which is reviewing the operation of the Bribery Act.

Among the issues that the committee will examine are:

  • the act's effectiveness
  • whether there has been stricter prosecution of corrupt conduct
  • the act's impact on SMEs
  • deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) in relation to bribery.

The submission says that the act has had a deterrent effect and that prosecutors need to be better resourced. The small number of DPAs mean that it is difficult to assess their impact.