Bribery and economic crime — deferred prosecution agreements a new tool for prosecutors

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By Ron Reid

The government has long protested that the present legal system had inadequate powers to effectively deal with criminal enforcement against commercial organisations in the field of complex and serious economic crime.

Such prosecutions are generally complex and lengthy cases that result in expensive trials.

To tackle this issue, on 25 April 2013 the Crime and Courts Act 2013 was passed into law, making deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) available to prosecutors in England and Wales…

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