Deferred prosecution agreements — what you need to know

By Jeremy Bouch

On 24 February 2014, deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) legislation was finally brought into force in respect of a wide range of criminal conduct.

DPAs cover bribery, money laundering, theft, false accounting and fraud to offences under legislation as diverse as the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, the Value Added Tax Act 1994 and the Companies Act 1985.

The attorney-general insists that he is ‘confident that DPAs will enable prosecutors to take appropriate action against commercial organisations involved in economic crime, and that they will work well alongside existing methods’, while the director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), David Green QC, asserts that the SFO will be a formidable prosecutor with renewed vigour to tackle corporate crime…

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