Deferred Prosecution Agreements (‘DPAs’) were introduced into the UK on 24th February 2014 under the provisions of Schedule 17 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 (‘the Act’).

Timothy Thompson of Kangs Solicitors comments generally.

Statutory Definition | Kangs Criminal Law & DPA Solicitors

The Act states:

Characteristics of a deferred prosecution agreement

(1) A deferred prosecution agreement (a “DPA”) is an agreement between a designated prosecutor and a person (“P”) whom the prosecutor is considering prosecuting for an offence specified in Part 2 (the “alleged offence”).

(2) Under a DPA—

 (a) P agrees to comply with the requirements imposed on P by the agreement;

 (b) the prosecutor agrees that, upon approval of the DPA by the court (see paragraph 8, paragraph 2 is to apply in relation to the prosecution of P for the alleged  offence.

Key Features of a DPA | Kangs Complex Fraud Defence Solicitors

  1. A DPA is an agreement between a designated prosecutor and an organisation which could be charged with a criminal offence.
  2. Once approved by a Judge, proceedings are suspended for a defined period, provided the agreed conditions are fulfilled.
  3. A DPA is available for fraud, bribery and economic crime generally against organisations.
  4. A DPA is not available against individuals.
  5. A DPA enables a corporate body to make full reparation for criminal behaviour in a manner which avoids the effects of a conviction such as destroying the company’s business with the loss of employees’ jobs and outside investment.
  6. Such reparation is achieved by, for example, paying a financial penalty, compensation and co-operating with future prosecutions of individuals.
  7. A judge, before approving a DPA, must be satisfied that it is in the interests of justice and that its terms are ‘fair, reasonable and proportionate’.
  8. DPAs avoid lengthy and costly trials and are transparent public documents.
  9. Failure of compliance with a DPA may result in the suspension of the prosecution being lifted.

How Can We Help You? | Serious Fraud Office Criminal Investigations Solicitors

Negotiating a DPA requires a legal team with specialist knowledge and extensive experience given the complex legal issues involved.

Our team of solicitors has a proven track record of assisting many individuals and businesses achieve the best outcome available whatever the nature of the criminal proceedings faced.

Please feel free to contact our team through the following:

Hamraj Kang
hkang@kangssolicitors.co.uk
07976 258171 | 020 7936 6396 | 0121 449 9888

John Veale
jveale@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396 

Tim Thompson
tthompson@kangssolicitors.co.uk
020 7936 6396 | 07989 521210