Pros And Cons Of UK Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Law360 (August 7, 2019, 1:22 PM EDT) -- In 2010 the Law Commission described U.K. corporate liability laws as “inappropriate and ineffective.” There were concerns within the government that the options available to prosecuting authorities in tackling corporate crime were limited and had fallen behind other nations. This included the United States, which had much stronger corporate liability laws that were aggressively enforced.

As a result of a growing demand to increase powers to prosecuting authorities, deferred prosecution agreements were introduced on Feb. 24, 2014, under Schedule 17 of the Crime and Courts Act 2010. Since the introduction of these provisions there have been five DPAs, initiated by the...

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