Corporate liability law review hint

Laws may be tightened to ensure more corporations are criminally prosecuted, the Government's top legal adviser has indicated.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve has hinted there may be a review of corporate liability laws
Attorney General Dominic Grieve has hinted there may be a review of corporate liability laws

Attorney General Dominic Grieve said he had great sympathy with the view of both the Serious Fraud Office director David Green QC and the Labour Party who favour a review of corporate liability laws.

Mr Grieve spoke after Labour's Willie Bain (Glasgow North East) called on the Government to look at how it can secure more prosecutions.

The Attorney General said he found Mr Green's view to have "considerable force".

During Attorney General questions in the Commons, Mr Grieve said: "I have great sympathy with the points being raised by you and in my judgment it's an area that ought to be looked at and in which indeed there may be a degree of consensus across the House.

"Of course if we were to do that we also have to make sure that it operates in a fair and reasonable way but I have to say that I have listened very carefully to what Mr Green has said and it seems to me his remarks have considerable force."

Mr Bain had asked : "It was in 2010 that was the last year in which a criminal sanction was imposed upon a corporate defendant by the Serious Fraud Office.

"So do you agree with Labour and the director of the Serious Fraud Office David Green QC that there should be a review of our highly restrictive laws on corporate liability with a view to securing more prosecutions?"