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Anti-bribery and Anti-corruption

Lawyers helping clients overcome the impact of trade regulations

HFW's international trade regulation practice advises clients on, and resolves issues related to, the impact of regulations mandated by the European Union and World Trade Organization. Our primary objective is to help clients overcome commercial obstacles related to market access and import and export-related difficulties that result from government intervention and market regulations worldwide

What we do in Anti-bribery and Anti-corruption

We have advised numerous national and multinational companies on issues arising under anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws.

We have advised many clients on issues related to the UK Bribery Act 2010 and similar legislation on an international basis, with particular reference to appropriate anti-bribery and anti-corruption policies, procedures and compliance programmes. Our team has good contacts with the regulators, including the UK's Serious Fraud Office, and has spoken on panels with representatives of the UK Ministry of Justice.

HFW is recommended for advice on Fraud in the Chambers legal directory.

Our experience in Anti-bribery and Anti-corruption

We provide below some examples of our work in this area:

  • Representing a multinational client on a bribery and corruption investigation by the World Bank into the award and performance of a major infrastructure contract.
  • Advising on the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.
  • Advising UK corporates on compliance with the UK Bribery Act.
  • Advising on the UK Bribery Act international corporates based in jurisdictions outside of the UK (including the US, Far East and Middle East), but who either have UK operations and are therefore subject to the UK Bribery Act, and/or who wish to ensure that they operate in line with best practices worldwide.
  • Advising a number of clients on dealing with particular requests for payments, including assessing whether the payments are prohibited or not, and ensuring that agents and counterparties adopt procedures which protect all parties.
  • Drafting bespoke clauses for particular contracts, such as contracts for services, agency agreements, shareholder agreements, employment contracts etc.
  • Preparing a full suite of anti-bribery and anti-corruption documents for clients, including bespoke risk assessment questionnaires, detailed anti-corruption procedures, memoranda to staff and suppliers, and corporate zero tolerance statements.

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