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Still killing with impunity: corporate criminal law reform in the UK

Tombs, Steve (2013). Still killing with impunity: corporate criminal law reform in the UK. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 11(2) pp. 63–80.

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After some 14 years in the making, 2007 saw the passage of the UK’s Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act, which came into force in 2008. The aim of the Act was to facilitate the prosecution of medium and larger organisations following work-related deaths. It is with the nature and potential of such prosecutions that this paper is concerned. The paper begins by noting the emergence of the Act, before focusing on the three cases taken under it to date. The paper then considers reasons for there being, thus far, only three prosecutions under the Act, and addresses this at three levels: in relation to the law itself, the way in which it is enforced, and the wider political and economic contexts in which it has emerged. It concludes that the law may have symbolic significance only – albeit that this is not to dismiss it as wholly irrelevant.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 IOSH Services Limited
ISSN: 1477-3996
Keywords: corporate manslaughter; deregulation; enforcement; HSE; investigation; occupational safety; police; regulation; sentencing
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 39163
Depositing User: Steve Tombs
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2013 10:47
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2017 09:09
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