Corporate liability for economic crime: call for evidence by Ministry of Justice

January 18, 2017

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Ministry of Justice call for evidence on corporate liability for economic crime.  Deadline for comments is 24 March 2017.  

The government is examining the case for reform of the law on corporate liability for economic crime by commencing an open call for evidence.

The call for evidence is concerned with criminal offences designed to punish and prevent economic crimes such as fraud, false accounting and money laundering when committed on behalf or in the name of companies.

It seeks evidence on the extent to which the identification doctrine is deficient as a tool for effective enforcement of the criminal law against large modern companies.

It surveys the options for reform of the law, if reform is needed, asks for views as to suitability and the scope that would be most effective, the advantages and disadvantages of adoption and implications of change, particularly in terms of the costs to businesses associated with the implementation of prevention procedures.

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