Review of the UK Commission’s business crime reform ideas

By Alun Milford and Matthew Burn (June 24, 2022, 3:11 p.m. BST) — On June 10, the Law Commission of England and Wales published an options paper[1] addressing one of the thorniest issues in English common law for practitioners of criminal law: the mechanism by which corporations and other non-corporate persons can be held liable for criminal law offences.

The commission proposed 10 potential reform options for the government to consider. The options are not a sweeping rewrite of the English common law of corporate criminal liability – as those who hoped to see a concept of vicarious liability appear in the paper might have wished – but rather a pragmatic attempt…

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