The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 introduced a new statutory criminal offence of corporate manslaughter (corporate homicide in Scotland). The act aims to ensure that the people with overall responsibility for the management of an organisation’s activities and the managers who set and monitor workplace practices are culpable for their actions.

This members-only factsheet looks at the background to the Act, the offence of corporate manslaughter and who it applies to, and the consequences of any breach. It considers who is exempt from the offence and recent convictions under the Act. Finally, the factsheet highlights a number of preventative measures which organisations can take to avoid falling foul of the legislation.

Background to the Act

Before the Act

Consequences of breach

Convictions under the Act

Exemptions

Impact of the Act

The offence of corporate manslaughter

What should your organisation do to comply with the Act?

References

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