Companies involved in bribery are at risk of being sued by their competitors, following the case of.Jalal Bezee Mejel Al-Gaood & Partner v Innospec Ltd [2014] EWHC 3147.

Innospec had previously admitted paying bribes in both US and UK criminal proceedings and the Claimant alleged that it lost the possibility of winning a contract due to Innospec’s unlawful conduct.

Although Innospec successfully defended the case, the High Court did decide that such a claim by a competitor was legally possible. In this case, the Claimant failed to establish causation, namely that its product would have been selected by the customer in the absence of bribery.

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