Michael Brompton QC and Miranda Moore QC appear on opposite sides in bribery case

Sweett Group plc has been fined £1.4 million with a confiscation order of £851,000 after pleading guilty at Southwark Crown Court  to an offence of failing to prevent bribery. The case, which involved bribery in the UAE by a subsidiary of the defendant company, was the first prosecution under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010 and followed unsuccessful pre-negotiations for a Deferred Prosecution Agreement. Michael Brompton QC appeared for the Prosecution (instructed by the SFO) and Miranda Moore QC appeared for the defendant company (instructed by Pinsent Masons). The case has attracted widespread media interest, for example in The Telegraph.