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October/November 2007 (vol. 04/3)

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Corporate manslaughter

With no sanctions against individual directors, will the new law make a difference?

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A decade after the Law Commission first recommended a new law on corporate manslaughter, the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 has finally made it to the statue book. John Ballard examines the main provisions.

MORE than 10 years after the Law Commission recommended the introduction of a new offence of corporate manslaughter, Parliament has finally passed legislation to increase liability for deaths caused by work activities1. However, while the government acceded to demands that the law should apply to Crown bodies just as to other employers, and could apply to deaths in custody, it…

John Ballard is editor of Occupational Health [atWork].

Author: Ballard J

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Occupational Health at Work October/November 2007 (vol. 04/3) pp13-18

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