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11.01.2016

Summary

On 8 January 2016, Recorder Andrew Mitchell QC at the Southwark Crown Court sentenced Smith & Ouzman Ltd (an Eastbourne-based printing company) to pay £2.2m in respect of bribery offences (under the pre-Bribery Act legislation), after the company and certain senior executives had been found guilty in December 2014. This case is significant because it is the first UK conviction of a corporate for overseas bribery offences following a contested trial and it provides helpful guidance as to how the courts will apply the relevant sentencing guidelines for fraud, bribery and money laundering offences (the “Guideline”) going forward.

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