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Corporate Manslaughter

Corporate Crime

The offence of Corporate Manslaughter was created by the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and is applicable to companies and other organisations where serious failings have resulted in a death.

To be convicted of this offence the prosecution must prove there has been a gross breach of a relevant duty of care. It does not need to be the case that the person who was the ‘controlling mind’ of the organisation was personally responsible, the overall management of the health and safety procedures and protocols within the organisation is taken into account. However, an organisation will not be liable if the failings were exclusively at junior level. The prosecution must also prove that breach of duty was more than a minimal contributor to the death.

Corporate Manslaughter is an indictable only offence which means it can only be dealt with by the Crown Court. Proceedings cannot be initiated without the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Our lawyers have the combination of experience from dealing with corporations, as well as cases involving serious crime, which allows us to provide the highest quality representation in cases of Corporate Manslaughter, from the investigation stage to potential Crown Court proceedings.

Our lawyers are available 24/7 to assist you and provide legal advice. Contact London 020 3753 5352 or Manchester 0161 834 7284. Alternatively you can email info@richardsonlissack.co.uk