What we do

Business owners, directors and high-level individuals need to ensure that adequate processes are in place to guard against breaches of the Bribery Act 2010 and other related legislation. Failure to do so could lead to investigation.

Our bribery lawyers provide expert advice and representation for individuals and corporates, whether they are under investigation or need assistance complying with legislation. The Bribery Act 2010 is wide-reaching and a breach can lead to personal and corporate criminal liability, with potential sanctions including fines and/or imprisonment.

The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is particularly keen to prosecute breaches of the bribery legislation and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has taken regulatory enforcement action against firms that did not guard against breaches.

We can assist you with:

We can help you whether you are a witness to bribery and corruption, an investigator, a victim or a suspect.

Why chose Irwin Mitchell?

An investigation can be extremely stressful. Not only is the reputation of your firm at stake, but your own reputation can also be damaged.

Our expert bribery lawyers regularly work with directors, high level individuals and the firms they represent.

We provide cost effective, tactical and realistic advice to anyone fearing or currently under investigation. We also work with our other expert teams, specialising in employment and pensions, as well as corporate and civil litigation where required. If investigations span different jurisdictions, we can also work alongside legal teams overseas.

Any individual or business, whether national or international, can be caught up in a bribery or corruption investigation. If you are being investigated, or are looking to avoid this, you should seek immediate legal advice.

Contact Us

If you're involved in a bribery and corruption investigation, our specialist lawyers can protect you and secure the best possible outcome. Give our friendly team a call on 0808 291 4962 or get in touch online.

Recent Work

Broker

A broker under FCA investigation for making unlawful payments and gifts to a hedge fund trader, as a reward for stockbroking business being referred.

Journalist

Representing a journalist under investigation in connection with Operation Elvedon (corrupt payments to public officials).

Retail industry director

Representing a retail industry company director under criminal prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office for corruption.

Sales Agent

Representing an overseas distribution and sales agent for a UK/US manufacturer, in relation to an internal investigation for anti-bribery and corruption controls.

Senior Manager

Representing a senior manager who was interviewed under compulsion by the Serious Fraud Office in relation to allegations of overseas bribery and corruption by his former employers.

Senior Manager

Representing senior manager of an overseas security print firm under police investigation for money laundering, relating to an alleged corrupt payment to an intermediary in Africa.

Testimonials & Feedback

We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Chambers

“An excellent firm. They are very responsive to clients’ needs, very proactive and they add value significantly to the preparation and conduct of the case.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016
Legal 500 UK Leading Firm 2022

“All lawyers I have worked with at IM have an excellent grasp of the law and provide a very high service to clients.”

Legal 500, 2022

"Paul Haycock has vast experience of defending financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations."

Legal 500, 2016

Awards & Accreditations

We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received for our business legal work. For a list of awards and accreditations, please visit our awards page.

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We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

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Business News

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