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Corporate killing law to change [UK]

Author: BBC, Published on: 21 July 2006

Long-awaited moves to crack down on corporate manslaughter have been welcomed by MPs. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill has been formally introduced in the Commons. It will create a new offence of corporate manslaughter in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and of corporate homicide in Scotland...The new manslaughter offence would apply to corporations, including public bodies, and introduce unlimited fines if it were found that a death followed a serious failing by senior managers in the organisation of the corporation. However, individual directors would not be personally liable. Efforts to bring corporate manslaughter charges against Balfour Beatty and Network Rail bosses over the Hatfield disaster collapsed last year.

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