First SFO Bribery Act Convictions Confirm New and Severe Sentencing Regime

10 December 2014
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Key takeaways

  • In the first SFO prosecution under the Bribery Act 2010, two individuals have been convicted of, respectively, being bribed and bribing another person.
  • The sentences in R v West and R v Stone were the first to be imposed under the new sentencing guideline in force since 1 October 2014.
  • Sentences of six and four years’ imprisonment for the bribery offences represent an expected significant increase in sentences for bribery offences.