On Wednesday 9th June, The UK Law Commission announced it is seeking views on whether, and how, the laws relating to corporate criminal liability can be improved so that they appropriately capture and punish criminal offences committed by corporations, and their directors or senior management.
In the year to September 2020, there were over 5,000 convictions of “non-natural persons” which includes companies, charities and local authorities. Organisations such as these are capable of committing criminal offences ranging from regulatory offences such as breaches of environmental or trading regulations, to offences such as manslaughter or fraud. However, it is clear that there are issues across a range of offences that undermine the ability to effectively hold organisations to account for crimes committed. In the Lawyer monthly article, Brackenbury’s client details the Law Commission’s latest discussion paper and looks at the issues surrounding corporate criminal liability.