Munir Yakub Patel, an administrative clerk at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court in London, has been charged under s2 of the Act following allegations that he offered to influence the course of criminal proceedings in return for £500.

Gaon Hart, reviewing lawyer for the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: ‘I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence to charge Munir Patel with requesting and receiving a bribe on 1 August 2011 intending to improperly perform his functions.’

Patel will next appear in this matter at Southwark Crown Court on 14th October 2011. He also faces charges of misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice in relation to separate alleged misconduct in the course of his employment.

Previously we have focused on the importance of companies protecting themselves against prosecutions under the commercial offence contained in section 7 of the Bribery Act.

However, it is clear that individuals will also fall foul of its provisions. If you face allegations of offences under the Bribery Act, please do get in contact with me. As with any accusation of criminal activity, seeking advice from a solicitor who is an expert in the field at the earliest opportunity will help with your defence.