1 DPA was introduced on 24 February 2014 2 www.transparency.org.uk/press-releases/lack-of-individual-prosecutions-rolls-royce-bribery-case/ 3 Bribery Act 2010 Committee, Corrected Oral Evidence: Bribery Act 2010, 13 November 2018 4 Treasury Committee, Oral Evidence: Oral Crime, 30 October 2018 and Bribery Act 2010, Committee Corrected Oral Evidence: Bribery Act 2010, 4 December 2018 5 Justice Committee, Oral Evidence: Serious Fraud Office, 18 December 2018 6 www.sfo.gov.uk/2018/12/04/keynote-address-fcpa-conference-washington-dc/ 7 “Wear wire or face jail, white-collar criminals are warned by top British law enforce official,” Evening Standard, 26 April 2019; We are not trying to talk here about the SFO`s remark that tax offences probably deserve a 20-year sentence, except to say that outside of the current criminal council 8 “Wear wire or face jail, white-collar criminals are warned by top British law enforcement official,” Evening Standard, April 26, 2019 9 www.sfo.gov.uk/download/foi2014-063-serious-organised-crime-police-act-2005/ 10 Queenvid`s E. Undertakings and Agreements under the Serious Organized Crime and Police Act 2005, available on www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/queens-evidence-immunities-undertakings-and-agreements-under-serious-organised-crime 11 One Step Ahead – A 21st Century Strategy to Defeat Organized Crime, page 49, available assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/251075/6167.pdf 12 www.theguardian.com/law/2014/jul/09/three-former-met-officers-lose-appeal-drug-conspiracy 13 The author of this article referred to such a “Supergras” case , which was reviewed and confirmed by the CCRC review 14 www.ft.com/content/b5eb36b6-680f-11e9-9adc-98bf1d35a056. : i) Standard Bank, (ii) XYZ Limited, iii) Tesco Plc and iv) Rolls Royce. Whether these data protection authorities can be considered as successes is measured financially rather than as a conclusive conclusion for a criminal investigation, particularly with respect to the continuation of individual behaviour. Such a reform would facilitate the prosecution of companies for crimes such as fraud and prevent potential embarrassment if those accused of misconduct are ultimately acquitted. An economic crime would not go as far as the U.S. approach to corporate liability, in which a company is responsible for the criminal activities of one of its employees against company policy. However, the introduction of a broader “prevention failure” of crime could be seen as a step towards a position closer to the broader range of corporate responsibility in the United States. A Deferred Non-Prosecution Agreement (DPA), very similar to a non-prosecution agreement , is a voluntary alternative to the decision in which a prosecutor agrees to grant amnesty to the accused who meets certain conditions. A case of corporate fraud could be resolved, for example, by a deferred prosecution agreement in which the defendant agrees to pay fines, implement corporate reforms and cooperate fully with the investigation. Compliance with the requirements then results in the termination of the royalties.  The current Director has an obvious attraction in bringing the UK closer to the US system and strengthening cooperation between the SFO and the DOJ. Such changes can lead to greater success for the SFO in monitoring data protection authorities and individual prosecutions.
The SFO can fully strengthen its business by obtaining the witnesses it currently lacks through a more strategic approach to the offer of immunity.