The Law Society has responded to the Government’s consultation on the use of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) for economic crime offences. It welcomes the substance of the proposals but raises several concerns regarding the process, including that it:
- should not be restricted only to large organisations, so the criteria for using it should be fair and transparent; and
- should not allow individuals to “get away” with criminal offences.
It agrees in principle that the process is suitable for economic crimes, and supports reductions in penalties to incentivise self-reporting. Like other respondents, it is not sure the current proposals will provide sufficient incentives. (Source: Law Society Responds on DPAs)