Corruption & Bribery

Peters & Peters is recognised globally for its expertise in the field of bribery and corruption. Our team regularly advises corporations and individuals under investigation in complex and high-profile cases.

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The UK Bribery Act governs the conduct of companies and individuals in respect of bribery and related corrupt practices such as facilitation payments and improper business or hospitality expenses. It has far-reaching effects and captures misconduct overseas. Those found guilty of corruption face unlimited fines and up to 10 years imprisonment for individuals.

We have a superb track record in advising corporate and individual clients in this area. We have been involved in many of the most significant corruption and bribery cases over the last 40 years, including representing a publicly listed entity in the largest global corruption investigation to date.

We regularly act for corporates and individuals subject to criminal investigations and prosecutions, often where multiple agencies are involved. We can help corporates and individuals to deal with internal investigations relating to bribery and corruption as well as managing the relationship with enforcement agencies in the UK and overseas. We have acted for companies and individuals subject to investigations by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the police and we regularly interact with overseas agencies such as the US Department of Justice (DoJ), the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). We can advise on issues relating to self-reporting, deferred prosecution agreement, civil recovery orders and SOCPA agreements.

Our team is well-versed in providing excellent strategic advice which often results in cases being discontinued or in not guilty verdicts at trial.

For companies who have been the victims of bribery and corruption, we offer a wide range of services to recover assets, including Commercial Litigation and Asset Tracing & Recovery. We are also offer advice on remediating and enhancing Corporate Compliance programmes to mitigate the risk of further incidents of bribery and corruption within the organisation.

Our expertise in this field has been widely recognised – we were invited by the UK Parliament to advise in relation to the UK legislation and by The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to report on the UK’s performance in taking effective anti-corruption measures. We were also asked to assist The Association of General Counsel and Company Secretaries of the FTSE 100 (GC100) in preparing its submissions for the House of Commons Joint Committee considering the Bribery Bill.

Key Contacts

Neil Swift

Neil Swift, Partner

Email Neil

+44 (0)20 7822 7763

Michael O'Kane

Michael O'Kane, Head of Business Crime

Email Michael

+44 (0)20 7822 7755

Hannah Laming

Hannah Laming, Partner

Email Hannah

+44 (0)20 7822 7752

Maria Cronin

Maria Cronin, Partner

Email Maria

+44 (0)20 7822 7737

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