Peers gave their verdict on the Bribery Act last week, almost eight years after the legislation came into force. A House of Lords committee looked at extensive evidence to determine whether the act’s implementation and enforcement had been commensurate with its “gold standard” promise. The act has fostered a wide culture of corporate compliance to limit opportunity for, and improve detection of, bribery – essential given that by its nature bribery is a secret crime, whose victims may never know it has happened. Read more