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Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007: ten-year review: part one

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007: ten-year review: part one
Published on: 16 May 2018
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007: ten-year review: part one
  • When it was brought in, CMCHA 2007 was heralded as a landmark piece of legislation in holding organisations accountable for workplace deaths. Why was it introduced?
  • When is the offence of corporate manslaughter/corporate homicide committed?
  • Has that change met the historic criticisms, facilitating the prosecution of larger companies, or has it done little more than swell the statute books?
  • But does it really matter?
  • Have the level of fines imposed on conviction been as high as expected?
  • The courts' powers to issue remedial notices and publicity orders were met with scepticism when CMCHA 2007 was originally passed. What use have the courts made of these orders and should organisations be fearful of them?
  • Will the Sentencing Council’s proposals for custodial sentences of up to 18 years for gross negligence manslaughter make a difference?
  • Is the corporate manslaughter regime now redundant?

Article summary

Corporate Crime analysis: In this, the first of a three-part series on the ten-year anniversary of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (CMCHA 2007), Kevin Bridges, partner and head of health and safety at Pinsent Masons LLP, examines why the CMCHA 2007 was introduced and what practical impact it has had on the prosecution of work-related deaths. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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