Bribery & Corruption
Criminal lawyers at Taylor Law can assist if you’ve been arrested, the Police want to talk to you or you’re due in Court.
Why Taylor Law?
The Bribery Act 2010 increased the number of bribery and corruption offences, with businesses at risk of breaching the law even if they are unaware of the wrongdoing.
If you are advised of a bribery investigation into you or your business you should seek legal representation as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. Penalties can be severe, with maximum unlimited fines and/or imprisonment.
Expert legal advice and guidance
At Taylor Law we will step in straight away to help you in the event that you or your business are facing allegations of bribery or corruption.
We represent clients across a wide range of sectors in respect of Bribery Act investigations.
Allegations of this sort can be damaging to your reputation and it is important to address them without delay.
It is not always easy to know whether bribery has taken place, for example, whether accepting corporate hospitality is acceptable or whether making a facilitation payment to fast-track paperwork could constitute a bribe, and even small businesses can fall foul of the regulations. If you have any doubts, you should seek legal advice to ensure that you are not exposing yourself to possible criminal prosecution.
The Bribery Act 2010
The Bribery Act contains four main offences, as follows:
- Bribing another person
- Accepting a bribe
- Bribing a foreign public official
- Failure by a commercial organisation to prevent bribery
If an individual commits the first three offences with the consent or involvement of an official within a business, then that business will be criminally liable as well as the official.
The fourth offence, that of failure to prevent bribery, can only be committed by an organisation and not by an individual. It is an onerous offence however, as even where company officials were unaware of the bribery, for example, if it happened overseas, an offence is still committed.
It is intended that the Bribery Act promote anti-bribery practices and this offence in particular has encouraged businesses to put internal policies in place to try and prevent bribery. Having adequate procedures to prevent bribery is a defence to this fourth charge.
Companies are also now carrying out internal investigations unprompted and self-reporting breaches to try to avoid adverse publicity and prosecution and demonstrate the efficiency of their policies in preventing bribery and we can help you deal with this if you believe you may have breached the rules.
Bribery Act investigations
The Serious Fraud Office is a main investigator of bribery allegations, but other authorities also use the Act including the National Crime Agency’s International Corruption Unit and the Financial Conduct Authority. The police can also be involved alongside these bodies.
If you are notified of an investigation into your conduct or that of your organisation, we can help you prepare for any interview. Where the interview is under caution, we can attend with you to ensure that your rights and interests are protected.
In the event that there is a case against you, we will work to put together a strong defence. We are familiar with agencies involved and we understand how they work. If we believe that the case against you cannot be proved or the evidence is weak we will work to have any charges dropped. If
appropriate, we can negotiate with investigators for immunity or a plea agreement on your behalf.
In the event that your case proceeds to trial, you can be sure of a robust defence.
At Taylor Law we have an excellent track record of success in working with clients who are being investigated under the Bribery Act.
We have expert criminal defence solicitors in Leeds, Middlesbrough and London who can step in immediately to represent you and deal with investigators and police on your behalf.
For an initial discussion, ring us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203 780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form.
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This work is carried out by:
Scott Taylor – Director of Taylor Law – Supervisor
Mark Lake – Senior Solicitor
Imogen Cox – Senior Solicitor
Ben Tighe – Solicitor
Our current hourly rates are £201 plus VAT per hour, with routine letters/telephone calls/emails (less than 6 minutes) costing £20.10 plus VAT. We shall be able to give you a more accurate costs estimate once we have seen you and are able to establish how complicated your case is. There are also likely to be disbursements to pay. These are costs associated with your matter paid to third parties such as expert fees, travel costs, copying charges etc. These will depend on your individual case.
Due to the experience of our criminal solicitors (both of whom are ex-duty solicitors), unlike many firms that deal with motoring offences, we do not routinely instruct barristers to attend court on your behalf, thus minimising costs.
In some cases, we are able to offer fixed fee representation. However, this depends upon various factors, such as the likely plea, how long any trial will take and the factual/ legal complexity of the case.
Usually, a guilty plea to a simple matter, at a court local to one of our offices, can be dealt with by way of a fixed fee. If we are required to travel to a court in a different town or city, if the case is likely to be lengthy or will involve complex factual disputes or legal points, then the fixed fee will be higher.
In some cases, for instance where a not guilty plea is intended, or where the precise amount of work required cannot be accurately estimated or is unusually complex, then we are likely to deal with your matter by way of an hourly rate. Not guilty plea cases, which result in trials, are likely to start from £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.
Our guideline fixed fees, based on attendances at local courts, are as follows:
Guilty pleas (requiring a single attendance at court) – from £800 plus VAT*
(*Additional attendances, for instance following an adjournment, are charged at £400 plus VAT)
Please note that the above fees relate solely to Magistrates’ Court cases. Appeals against sentence
or conviction, or privately funded Crown Court matters, can only be quoted upon a full assessment
of the case papers.
The typical key stages of dealing with a motoring case are as follows:
In guilty plea cases:
– Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers, advising on plea and likely sentence and, in not guilty cases, the likely issues for trial;
– Attending the Magistrates’ Court for the first appearance; dealing with plea and sentence.
In not guilty plea cases, as above, plus:
– Dealing with case management at the first court appearance;
– Taking a proof of evidence from you, taking statements from witnesses, instructing experts, drafting statements;
– Considering further evidence served by the prosecution and taking your instructions on it;
– Considering unused material;
– Drafting legal arguments (in complex cases)
– Preparation for and attendance at trial.
– The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the costs will be reduced.
As to timescales, for guilty pleas, cases typically conclude on the same day as the first appearance. In not guilty cases, it usually takes between 2 to 3 months to conclude, although if the trial is vacated and re-fixed for any reason, then it may take around 4 to 6 months.
“I used Scott Taylor to represent me when I sued the Police and Successfully won my case. I felt confident going to court as Scott walked me through everything and engaged an amazing barrister on my behalf. It took a while to get there but by god did we get there. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Scott again he knows what he is doing and supports you at all stages.”
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