Joint response to the Law Commission Consultation: Corporate Criminal Liability

Attached is the joint submission that CJC and Traidcraft Exchange filed to the Law Commission consultation on corporate criminal liability. Its co-authored by Stuart Biggs (Barrister at Three Raymond Buildings) and Rachel Chambers (Professor in Business Law at the University of Connecticut).


In the submission we make the case that the Law Commission’s review of corporate liability should include consideration of corporate liability for crimes of violence and sexual violence and environmental harm where these are carried out for economic advantage.  We see these offences as distinct from the types of financial crime that are the traditional subject matter of the discussion around corporate liability and they may often be overlooked in the debate.  We also consider these to be matters that fall naturally into the debate around failure to prevent offences and indeed the balance of interests may be different where homicide and serious violent offences are in play.

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