New UK Sentencing Guidelines - What Does This Mean For Corporates?

October 08, 2014

The Sentencing Council’s Definitive Guidance for Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering Offences (the “UK Guidelines”) came into force on 1 October 2014. The UK Guidelines set out a ten step process for sentencing and apply to all organisations1 sentenced on or after 1 October 2014, regardless of the date of the offence2. The Council has sought to achieve a balance between the desirability of providing a level of certainty for prosecutors and defendants as to a likely sentence and the need for flexibility as offenders can vary in size and the offences covered encompass a wide range of behaviour.

This update gives an overview of the UK Guidelines and analyses whether the UK Guidelines will lead to a change in the way corporate offenders are dealt with in the UK. It also compares the UK Guidelines with the US system for penalising corporate offenders.

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