Following the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, companies and organisations can be found guilty of causing the death of employees as a result of serious breaches of duty of care or management failures. The team of specialist solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler can provide your firm with in-depth advice regarding alleged cases of corporate manslaughter, and are experienced in the representation of companies accused of corporate manslaughter.
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What is Corporate Manslaughter?
An accident that causes the death of an employee is classified as corporate manslaughter if:
- It is found to be the fault of the company or organisation responsible for that employee, as opposed to an individual;
- The accident occurred as a result of negligence or a breach of the firm's duty of care;
- The breach or negligence which caused the accident is well below the standards expected of the organisation in question;
- Senior management's organisation of the company is found to have played a significant role in the accident.
Corporate Manslaughter Prosecutions
Corporate manslaughter law is extremely complex, thus if your business is implicated in a case of corporate manslaughter, contact an experienced solicitor as soon as possible to discuss the allegations.
Corporate manslaughter prosecutions focus on the corporate body itself, as opposed to individuals. However, if during the course of the case an individual is found to have been grossly negligent, they may be prosecuted for separate health and safety offences.
Avoiding Corporate Manslaughter Prosecutions
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) recommends that all UK businesses carry out regular reviews of their health and safety policies, with particular focus on ensuring that health and safety is effectively managed by senior management. In this way, employees are protected from unnecessary accidents and the company avoids prosecution under corporate manslaughter law.
Lanyon Bowdler's experienced solicitors can provide you with in-depth legal advice about your business's health and safety policies.
Contact Lanyon Bowdler
For more information about UK corporate manslaughter law, contact the team at Lanyon Bowdler on 0800 652 3371 and arrange for an initial consultation, or complete our enquiry form and someone will call you back.