Legislation to enable US-style deferred prosecutions for corporate crime may feature in the Queen?s speech on 9 May.

Richard Alderman (pictured), outgoing director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), said last week that deferred prosecution - under which the authorities and a business agree a penalty to be imposed on the business if it does not comply with ?good behaviour? measures over a set number of years - is ?a very powerful weapon? against corruption and fraud.

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