Caroline Day reviews the Law Commission’s paper on economic crime offences

At the government’s invitation, the Law Commission has made proposals for reform of the law of corporate criminal liability. The ten options it sets out in the 10 June Options Paper reject the creation of principles of vicarious liability and a widely drawn ‘failure to prevent’ economic crime offence. They instead seek to address perceived practical issues with the identification doctrine and to extend the use of ‘failure to prevent’-style offences to ensure that corporate Britain is focused not just on the risks posed to their business by bribery, corruption and tax evasion, but also human rights violations in their factories, processing plants and supply chains.

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Caroline Day
Kingsley Napley

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