Corporate Culture and Systems Intentionality: Part of the regulator’s essential toolkit

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The recent Law Commission of England and Wales review of corporate criminal liability has presented a range of options to the Government to address current deficiencies in the law of corporate attribution. This article explores the nature and operation of two holistic models closely considered by the Law Commission, but which were not included in the suite: the distinctive Australian ‘Corporate Culture’ model and a novel model of ‘Systems Intentionality’. In so doing, the analysis sheds considerable light on the comparative nature, strengths and limitations of Failure to Prevent offences, which formed a key element in the Law Commission’s reform recommendations. Using the Rolls Royce Deferred Prosecution Agreement proceedings as a case study, the article demonstrates how, far from being foreign and uncertain conceptual tools, Corporate Culture and Systems Intentionality are essential parts of the regulatory toolkit that deserve further consideration given the complex reality of modern corporate defendants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-374
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Corporate Law Studies
Issue number2
Early online date18 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jan 2024


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