Safety, Heath & Environment - Review

    View Authors May 2009

    CPS come out all guns blazing for first corporate manslaughter prosecution

    The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 ("the Act") came into force on 6 April 2008. It had taken just over a year for the Crown Prosecution Service ("CPS") to announce that it authorised the first charge of corporate manslaughter under the Act against Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings Limited on 23 April 2009.

    The prosecution emanates from an accident in September 2008 when Alexander Wright, employed by the company as a junior geologist, was killed whilst taking soil samples from inside a pit which had been excavated as part of the site survey when the sides of pit collapsed crushing him.

    In May 2008, international law firm Hammonds became a limited liability partnership. Hammonds LLP and its affiliated undertakings has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester in the UK, and in Berlin, Brussels, Beijing, Hong Kong, Madrid, Munich and Paris.