P&P | Corporate Criminal Liability in the UK

Corporate Criminal Liability in the UK | SIPAC x Peters & Peters

SIPAC recently hosted a webinar with the topic of “Corporate Criminal Liability in the UK: Navigating the Evolving Legal Landscape”, featuring Charlotte Tregunna, a renowned partner at the prestigious UK law firm Peters & Peters.

The webinar provided an in-depth analysis of the principles of corporate criminal liability under English law, covering the evolution of the identification doctrine, the “failure to prevent” offenses, and the far-reaching implications of the recent Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023.

Charlotte Tregunna, an expert in corporate fraud, money laundering, and sanctions cases, shared her extensive experience and insights into navigating the complexities of corporate criminal liability and implementing robust compliance measures.

Attendees gained practical knowledge on various topics, including:

– General principles of corporate criminal liability, such as the identification doctrine, specific criminal offenses for corporates, and vicarious liability.

– The historical application and implications of the identification doctrine under the new Economic Crime & Corporate Transparency Act 2023.

– ‘Failure to prevent’ offenses, including the Bribery Act 2010 (bribery), Criminal Finances Act 2017 (facilitation of tax evasion), and Economic Crime & Corporate Transparency Act 2023 (fraud).

– Extraterritoriality: whether Chinese individuals and corporations can be liable under UK laws.

– Practical guidance on steps businesses should take to mitigate risks and ensure compliance.

The webinar was essential for companies conducting business in the UK or with potential exposure to UK jurisdiction, as well as compliance professionals and legal practitioners seeking to stay ahead of the curve in this rapidly evolving area of law.

Charlotte Tregunna

Partner, Peters & Peters | ctregunna@petersandpeters.com

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About SIPAC:

SIPAC was formally launched in March of 2023 and held its inaugural Sino-International Law Forum in Shanghai in November 2023, attended by nearly 250 leading lawyers from around the world and across China, including more than 40 foreign lawyers from leading independent law firms covering more than 50 jurisdictions around the world, nearly 100 senior in-house legal and compliance professionals from leading Chinese companies, and more than 100 lawyers from leading Red Circle law firms as well as lawyers included on the Ministry of Justice’s list of top 1000 cross-border lawyers in China.  Given the unique nature of the event, attendance at the upcoming 2024 Sino International Law Forum, to be held in Shanghai on 14-15 November, is expected to increase as much as two-fold.

SIPAC and its comprehensive ecosystem of channel partners, including key quasi-governmental in-house counsel associations and leading outbound investment think tanks, legal know-how publishers and legal training platforms, are uniquely positioned to help promote the development of China’s international legal infrastructure, a key initiative promulgated at all levels of the Chinese government.  As such, SIPAC is designed to address the entire China legal services market, including all in-house lawyers responsible for international legal affairs as well as lawyers in Chinese law firms engaged in cross-border legal matters on behalf of their Chinese clients.

SIPAC members currently include Tilleke & Gibbins, Al Tamimi & Company, Schellenberg Wittmer, HEUKING, ENS, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Marval O’Farrell Mairal, Moroğlu Arseven, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia, Waselius, Carey, GZG, Soemadipradja & Taher, Peters & Peters, BUREN, and Lakatos, Köves and Partners, with numerous additional leading independent law firms expected to join as members and delegates at this year’s second annual Sino International Law Forum

For more information, please contact SIPAC Chairman Robert Lewis.

Email: robert.lewis@sipac-network.com

Mobile: +86 1380 116 4471

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