When UK Cos. Are Criminally Liable For Fatal Accidents

Law360 (April 17, 2019, 4:16 PM EDT) -- Fatal accidents are usually preventable, which leads to questions of responsibility and criminal liability. This article seeks to explain when organizations and individuals will be found criminally liable, for which offenses and with what sanction.

The Legal Landscape of a Fatal Accident

The legal landscape applicable to fatal accidents has been transformed by the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008, and more recently the Sentencing Council’s definitive guideline, “Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences,” which together have ushered in a new era of criminal liability for...

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