The Bribery Act 2010 distinguishes between two new offences of bribery: bribing someone or being bribed. It also introduces two new offences.
The new act contrains specific measures to counter the bribery of a foreign public official, and introduces a new corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery.
Penalties range from fines to imprisonment.
The act received Royal Assent on 8 April 2010.