Corporate Manslaughter Prosecutions


The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in law. For the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.

The Act clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies including large organisations where serious failures in the management of health and safety result in a fatality. Although the new offence is not part of health and safety law, it will introduce an important new element in the corporate management of health and safety.

Prosecutions will be of the corporate body and not individuals, but the liability of directors, board members or other individuals under health and safety law or general criminal law, will be unaffected. And the corporate body itself and individuals can still be prosecuted for separate health and safety offences.

The Act also largely removes the Crown immunity that applies to the existing common law corporate manslaughter offence.

What is Corporate Manslaughter?


The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in law. For the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.

The Act clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies including large organisations where serious failures in the management of health and safety result in a fatality. Although the new offence is not part of health and safety law, it will introduce an important new element in the corporate management of health and safety.

Prosecutions will be of the corporate body and not individuals, but the liability of directors, board members or other individuals under health and safety law or general criminal law, will be unaffected. And the corporate body itself and individuals can still be prosecuted for separate health and safety offences.

The Act also largely removes the Crown immunity that applies to the existing common law corporate manslaughter offence.

A number of cases have now been heard in the Courts with some, although not all, leading to successful Corporate Manslaughter convictions.

Cases include:

26th February 2010

Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings, is the first prosecution under the Act and is charged with the unlawful killing of a young geologist by gross negligence.

Mr. Peter Eaton, Director of Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings, is was the first prosecution under the Act and is charged with the unlawful killing of a young […]
30th May 2012

JMW Farms convicted of corporate manslaughter, fined £187,500 plus £13,000 costs

Northern Ireland company JMW Farms Limited became the second company to be convicted of Corporate Manslaughter in Great Britain and the Safety Health and Practitioner report […]
20th July 2012

Lion Steel Limited convicted of corporate manslaughter, fined £480k

Lion Steel maintenance worker Steven Berry died from his injuries after an accident on 28 May 2008 when he fell through a fibreglass roof light 13 […]
20th November 2012

PS & JE Ward Ltd charged

PS & JE Ward, who run a flower nursery Belmont in Norfolk, have been charged with corporate manslaughter in relation to the death of an employee […]
30th January 2013

MNS Mining Ltd charged following tragic death of four miners

MNS Mining Ltd charged following tragic death of four miners The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is prosecuting both the manager and the company who operated the […]
20th November 2013

Princes Sporting Club Ltd, fined entire company assets

A Middlesex watersports club has been charged with corporate manslaughter in relation an incident in which a young girl was hit and killed by a speedboat […]
30th March 2014

Mobile Sweepers (Reading) Ltd, fined £8,000 plus costs of £191,000

Mobile Sweepers (Reading) Ltd was charged with the offence, along with its sole director, Mervyn Owens, who faces a charge of gross-negligence manslaughter, in relation to […]
30th March 2015

Pyranha Mouldings Limited, sentenced for corporate manslaughter

Pyranha Mouldings Limited, sentenced for corporate manslaughter and fined £200,000, plus costs of £90,000 Following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court, the trial Judge passed sentence […]
21st April 2015

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, found not guilty of corporate manslaughter

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, found not guilty of corporate manslaughter On 21 April 2015, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust was charged after a […]
30th July 2015

Huntley Mount Engineering, fined £150,000 for corporate manslaughter and company director jailed for eight months

Huntley Mount Engineering, fined £150,000 for corporate manslaughter and company director jailed for eight months Huntley Mount Engineering Limited were fined £150,000 for the Corporate Manslaughter […]