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The UK’s corporate killing law: Un/fit for purpose?

Tombs, Steve (2018). The UK’s corporate killing law: Un/fit for purpose? Criminology and Criminal Justice, 18(4) pp. 488–507.

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The annual total of occupational deaths in the UK is measured in the tens of thousands, yet the overwhelming majority attract no criminal justice attention. More recently, a very small number of deaths have generated attempts to prosecute companies for manslaughter. In 1996, following a series of multiple fatality ‘disasters’, the Law Commission proposed for a new law on corporate manslaughter; in 2008, the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force. It is with the implementation and effects of this Act that this article is concerned. It begins by setting out the dimensions of the new law before analysing the key themes that have emerged from its use to date. In conclusion, I consider whether the law has proven to be unfit for purpose—which begs the question of what that purpose might have been.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Author
ISSN: 1748-8966
Keywords: corporate crime; enforcement; manslaughter; regulation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 50458
Depositing User: Steve Tombs
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2017 08:50
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 11:29
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