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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