We can help you navigate through some of the issues that you’re likely to face when it comes to making sure that you have a high level of legal compliance. As well as advising on data protection issues we can also assist you with complying with the provisions of the Bribery Act and the Modern Slavery Act.
Bribery Act Compliance
The Bribery Act came into force on 1 January 2011 and applies to all companies and other organisations established in the UK. As well as introducing specific offences around the offering and taking of bribes, the Bribery Act also introduced the concept of corporate responsibility for a “failure to prevent corruption”. The only defence to this charge is to show that you have a culture which does not tolerate corruption and, this is demonstrated through having appropriate policies, procedures, training and contractual provisions in place.
We can assist you with drafting Bribery Act policies and procedures and appropriate contract provisions and, we can provide training. As a starting point why not download our guide to the Bribery Act here.
Modern Slavery Act
Currently, the Modern Slavery Act, as well as introducing specific offences concerning slavery and human trafficking, make it a requirement on all businesses in the UK with a turnover of £36,000,000 or more, to publish an annual statement detailing that business’ position on modern slavery.
This requirement has led many large organisations to re-examine their position on modern slavery and to put in place policies and procedures, integrate relevant clauses into their contracts and, make modern slavery an issue in their supplier questionnaires.
We can assist you with navigating your way through the requirements of the legislation and help you draft your own statements, policies and contractual provisions to help ensure compliance, not only with the law, but also the requirements of the third parties with which you do business and, the principles of best practice in this area.