Corporate manslaughter

Corporate manslaughter (referred to as corporate homicide in Scotland) is a criminal offence that allows for companies and other similar organisations to be liable for deaths.

An organisation will be guilty of an offence if the way in which its activities are managed causes a person’s death, and amounts to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed by the organisation to the deceased. This will be the case only if the way in which the organisation’s activities are managed by its senior management is a substantial element of the breach.


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Number of corporate manslaughter cases rising

3 Mar 2013

The number of new corporate manslaughter cases opened by the Crown Prosecution Service has risen by 40% in the past...

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Employer is first to be convicted under corporate manslaughter legislation

16 Feb 2011

A company has become the first to be convicted under corporate manslaughter legislation, following the death of one of its...

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Snow: A guide for employers on pay, leave, safety and employee rights during severe weather

1 Dec 2010

Snow, ice and extreme temperatures continue to plunge the UK into chaos, meaning that HR and employers have more people-related...

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Corporate manslaughter: new guidelines for sentencing

18 Feb 2010

With the first corporate manslaughter case due to be heard next week, the Sentencing Guidelines Council has just announced new...

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Corporate Manslaughter sentencing guidelines give stark warning

12 Nov 2009

With the draft Corporate Manslaughter sentencing guidelines being published last week, Specsavers Corporate Eyecare is urging companies to carefully consider whether...

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Corporate manslaughter fines ‘softened’ just 18 months after implementation

29 Oct 2009

Corporate manslaughter fines are to be “softened” just 18 months after the new offence became law, it has emerged.The Sentencing...

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First corporate manslaughter trial date set

24 Aug 2009

The first trial to be brought under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 will open on 23 February 2010...

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Law in Practice – first chrage under Corporate Manslaughter Act

3 Jul 2009

The first prosecution under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act is under way. What are the implications? David Leckie explains.

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Businesses lack awareness of implications of corporate manslaughter Act

26 Jun 2009

Research released today by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health highlights that business understanding of the possible implications of a prosecution...

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Corporate manslaughter case to be heard in Crown Court next week

17 Jun 2009

The company director facing jail under the Corporate Manslaughter Act will have his case heard in Crown Court next week.Peter...

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Corporate manslaughter legislation

1 May 2009

Linda Goldman and Joan Lewis look at new legislation set to provide tougher penalties for employers that fail to minimise the risk of death and injury to employees.

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Geologist death leads to first corporate manslaughter charge

24 Apr 2009

In what is believed to be the first prosecution under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, Cotswold Geotechnical...

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Company directors have enough health and safety restrictions, says EEF

16 Feb 2009

Company directors do not need more health and safety legal restrictions placed on them, according to manufacturers’ body the EEF.An...

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Health and safety breaches could lead to jail terms under new laws

16 Jan 2009

Breaches of health and safety law could land directors, managers, officers and other employees with a prison sentence from today,...

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