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Court Clerk Pleads Guilty of Bribery

Following on from employment seminars hosted by Lanyon Bowdler earlier this year, both myself and Richard Murrall promised to update delegates on any successful prosecutions under the new Bribery Act, which came into force a few months ago.

I can now confirm that Munir Yakub Patel, a court clerk at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court, pleaded Guilty at Southwark Crown Court on Friday 14 October 2011 to using his position as a clerk to avoid putting details of a traffic summons on a court database, in exchange for £500.

He admitted one count of bribery and one count of misconduct in a public office, after being caught on film by a national newspaper in August.

His case has now been adjourned for pre-sentence reports to be prepared, and he will be sentenced on Friday 11 November following which I will update you further.

The maximum sentence for an offence under the Bribery Act is 10 years imprisonment.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the Act further then please contact Richard Murrall or myself on 01952 291222 or email richard.murrall@lblaw.co.uk or stephen.scully@lblaw.co.uk.