RLC members lead in first ever CPS Deferred Prosecution Agreement

December 6, 2023

Jane Bewsey KC and Cameron Brown KC, along with Hal Watson ( RLC Associate Tenant) and Angus Macdonald (St Pauls Chambers, Leeds) have led successful negotiations on behalf of the CPS, in the first ever Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) for the CPS.

The DPA relates to the alleged failure by Entain plc (which was named GVC holdings at the time) to prevent bribery contrary to Section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010 between July 2011 and December 2017. The alleged bribery offences occurred primarily in Turkey. GVC disposed of its Turkish business in December 2017.

Entain plc has agreed to pay a financial penalty plus disgorgement of profits totalling £585 million, to make a charitable donation of £20 million and to pay a contribution of £10 million to the CPS and HMRC costs.

DPA’s which were introduced in 2014 allow a criminal prosecution to be suspended based on certain conditions, which can include the company paying a fine, repaying profits, overhauling compliance and helping to bring cases against individuals. If a company breaches any of the DPA conditions a prosecution can resume.

Jane Bewsey KC represents in matters of serious and complex corporate Fraud, Proceeds of Crime, Money Laundering & Proceeds of Crime and tax cases appearing as lead advocate in the Crown Court and the appellate courts: [Jane Bewsey KC Profile]

Cameron Brown KC specialises in the most serious Fraud, Bribery & Corruption and Company Act cases. He is regularly instructed in such cases by private individuals and major corporate clients with considerable knowledge and experience of compliance issues, internal investigations, corporate criminal liability and Deferred Prosecution Agreements: [Cameron Brown KC Profile]

Hal Watson ( Associate Tenant) represents in complex criminal and quasi-criminal cases, specialising in fraud and other financial misconduct in both criminal and civil jurisdictions. This includes highly complex asset freezing, forfeiture, and confiscation proceedings: [Hal Watson Profile]

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[Financial Times]
[Entain Group]