The team at St Pauls chambers is highly experienced in corporate manslaughter cases, advising and advocating both prosecution and defence.
The offence of corporate manslaughter was established by the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (2007). This removed the common law offence of gross negligence manslaughter for organisations to which the 2007 Act applies. These organisations affected are corporations (limited companies), partnerships, government departments and Crown bodies.
The Act addressed the perceived loophole in liability for large corporations where the common law doctrine of identification had proved an insurmountable hurdle. In other words, before the Act the prosecution could find it impossible to prove the act/omission causing death was in breach of a duty of care owed by an individual who embodied the corporation.
To show how important the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (2007) is, previous application of common law identification pre-act resulted in successful prosecutions of the company involved for manslaughter. This includes public disasters such as the Herald of Free Enterprise, Piper Alpha, the Marchioness and the Hatfield rail crash.
Joint Head of Chambers
Call: 1998 Silk: 2015
Call: 1980 Silk: 2003
Call: 1986 Silk: 2003
Call: 1979 Silk: 2005
Call: 1994 Silk: 2016
Call: 1992 Silk: 2020
Call: 1998 Silk: 2023
Chambers is centrally located within walking distance of the train station, secure car parks and the Courts.
St Pauls Chambers
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