Corporate manslaughter - latest update

United Kingdom

The UK government recently issued its response to the Parliamentary Committees' pre-legislative scrutiny report on the Corporate Manslaughter Bill. It has indicated that there will be "introduction without delay" of the Bill, though it is clear that time will still be needed for key elements to be re-drafted before the Bill can progress.

The government has disagreed with the Committees' report and decided to keep the concept of a 'gross breach of a duty of care' as being the basis of the new offence. It has though accepted their recommendation to re-word the test for what constitutes a 'management failure', comprising a breach of duty so that it involves wider consideration than the conduct of just 'senior managers'. It also rejected renewed calls for new related offences to extend to directors and parent companies, and for there to be a significantly more extensive removal of Crown immunity.

Click here to see the government’s response.