Longer sentences for H&S manslaughter?

manslaughter sentencing

You may be given a longer prison sentence if as an employer you commit gross negligence manslaughter. Gross negligence manslaughter is used to prosecute people who fail in a duty of care and cause someone’s death. It includes employers who fail to look after the safety of their workers. What’s happening? Draft sentencing guidelines have […]

Corporate manslaughter and director liability

Corporate manslaughter

Organisations increasingly face investigation for corporate manslaughter and the number of convictions is expected to dramatically increase in the coming years. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (CMCHA) 2007 made it easier to secure convictions against organisations and really changed their liability for workplace deaths. Corporate manslaughter The offence of corporate manslaughter is committed […]

Strict New Sentencing Guidelines

Corporate Killing Law

New guidelines announced by the Sentencing Council are set to have a dramatic effect on penalties handed down to organisations or individuals convicted of Corporate Manslaughter, Health and Safety, and Food Safety and Hygiene offences in England and Wales. Until now, there has been limited guidance for judges and magistrates in dealing with what can […]

Magistrates Get Power to Issue Unlimited Fines

Magistrates Court

On the 12th of March this year the limit of £20,000 for health and safety offences tried through the Magistrates’ Court was removed and fines of unlimited amounts can now be imposed. The change, brought about through Section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, removes the cap on magistrates’ […]

Health & Safety – All Change for employers

When it comes to health and safety legislation, it seems change is here to stay. Whatever way you look at it, the burden upon employers and business leaders to stay on top of the issues and raise standards is increasing. Below, we review some recent and impending important changes. If you are an EW client […]

New H&S Sentencing Guidelines

The consultation on new sentencing guidelines for health and safety, corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene offences has closed after a three-month window for feedback. It is generally accepted among safety professionals that the final guidelines will look very similar to the consultation draft. International law firm Eversheds ran their own consultation amongst leading lawyers […]