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MoJ Introduces Deferred Prosecution Agreements

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced a new measure available to prosecutors in cases of corporate offending including fraud, money laundering and bribery.

The measure - a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) - can be made between a prosecutor and an organisation to defer prosecution for alleged economic wrongdoing as long as stringent conditions are met.

If they agree to enter into a DPA, organisations will publicly face up to their wrongdoing and may be required to:

  • Make amends to victims.
  • Pay substantial financial penalties.
  • Reform their practices to prevent such conduct occurring again.

DPA agreements are overseen by an independent judge, agreed in open court and the outcome is published to ensure transparency. If, at the end of the period, the prosecutor is satisfied the organisation has met its obligations, there is no prosecution. If not, a prosecution could be brought.

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Eight Lewis Nedas Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in the 2013 London Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Super Lawyers UK has selected six of our lawyers, Jeffrey Lewis, Siobhain Egan, Miles Herman, Keith Wood and Laura Saunsbury, to be included in the 2013 London Super Lawyers list, because they have each demonstrated excellence in their specialist fields. These selections are limited to only five per cent of solicitors in London.

Additionally, a further two of our junior solicitors, Unan Choudhury and Layna Thompson, have been selected as ‘rising stars’ and will be included on Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list. Both lists will be distributed via the Telegraph Magazine and the Law Society Gazette in March 2013.

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Laura Saunsbury Contributes to Home Office Consultation on Updating Guidance to Police on Firearms Law

Our head of firearms law, Laura Saunsbury, has submitted various proposals to the Home Office in regard to updating their guidance for Police on Firearms Law, including proposals for the improvement and clarification of chapters relating to the procedure for handling firearm and shotgun certificate applications. Read her blog about the consultation here.

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Miles Herman Blogs about Police Investigations

Miles Herman has written a piece on investigations by the Police. Read the full blog here.

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Siobhain Egan Warns AML and Anti-Bribery/Corruption Compliance Should Be Taken Seriously

Siobhain Egan considers Kroll’s recently issued report on the increase in global fraud and explains why anti-money laundering compliance is important. Read her blog here.

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