Murder and Manslaughter

Serious Crime

Murder and manslaughter are arguably the gravest of crimes on the criminal offence spectrum, both of which can attract life imprisonment should you be found guilty.

Whilst the consequence of both murder and manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another by a person of sound mind and discretion, the law surrounding the intention behind that killing can be convoluted.

In simple terms:

  • Murder is the unlawful killing of another having had the intention to kill or the intention to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH).
  • Voluntary Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another with the intent for murder, but a partial defence has applied such as diminished responsibility, loss of control or killing pursuant to a suicide pact.
  • Involuntary Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another where the conduct was grossly negligent given the risk of death or where the conduct involved an unlawful act that involved the risk of some harm and death resulted.

If you find yourself accused of such an offence, it is imperative that you seek legal advice and assistance from the outset when being interviewed by the police.

Richardson Lissack are specialists in this particular field and will seek to identify all potential defences and partial defences available from an early stage. In addition, our specialists are well versed on the recent legislative developments concerning the controversial issue of joint enterprise.

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