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Corporate Manslaughter Advice & Representation
If your business is facing a corporate manslaughter charge, JMW can provide the legal advice and representation you need to successfully defend the charge. As an employer, you have a duty of care to your staff and under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act and you could be charged if management failures or health and safety breaches resulted in a fatality; it is therefore imperative to seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
Find out about how the experienced team at JMW can help you defend against a charge as serious as corporate manslaughter by getting in touch today. Call us on 0345 872 6666 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will give you a call back to discuss your case in more detail.
We offer comprehensive assistance to those facing corporate manslaughter proceedings. Our services include:
- Advice on dawn raids, search and seizure
- Representation during interviews under caution
- Gathering evidence during an investigation
- Challenging the prosecuting agency prior to charge
- Representation at the lower and higher courts
- Appeal or judicial review
- Representation at the Coroner's Court
We also offer assistance in preventing fatalities and other accidents from occurring in the first place - we can provide training and guidance to directors, board members and other professionals about their responsibilities under health and safety legislation.
The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into effect in April 2008 and meant, for the first time, that companies and organisations could be found guilty of corporate manslaughter if a gross breach of a duty of care was caused by a series of management failings.
The Act is important because it serves to clarify the criminal liabilities of businesses, including large companies, where a fatality has been caused due to serious health and safety management failings. However, the Act has also been the topic of much debate and controversy and has thrown up questions such as whether the criminal courts offer the best solution and whether it would be better to pursue the individual rather than the company.
This area of law can be highly complex and it is therefore vital that if you are facing a charge of this type, you have access to experienced corporate manslaughter solicitors who can support and advise you to help you secure the best outcome.
Although prosecutions of this sort are fairly rare, the cases can be incredibly complex and require the comprehensive knowledge of skilled legal professionals to secure a successful outcome. JMW's team of corporate manslaughter solicitors has vast experience in working with corporate clients and can draw on knowledge from different JMW departments to help with your defence.
Each corporate manslaughter case involves building a bespoke team of lawyers, including advocates and consultants where appropriate. We are able to call upon in-house assistance from recognised leaders in areas such as employment law, corporate recovery, commercial litigation, reputational management and others.
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