Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

This note provides a summary of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.

The Act received Royal Assent on 26 July 2007 and is in force from 6 April 2008 (with the exception of the provisions relating to deaths in custody). The Act applies to the whole of the UK.

Broadly, under the Act, an organisation (which includes most employers) is guilty of an offence if the way in which its activities are managed or organised (by its senior management) causes a person's death and this amounts to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed by the organisation to the deceased.

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