You are here

Corporate manslaughter and incorporated charities

Vicki Bowles takes a look at the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and its implications for charities and non-profit organisations

17 June 2008

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force On 6 April 2008, bringing within it new provisions relating to incorporated bodies and liability for negligence that leads to death. Charities that are incorporated, or that have trading subsidiaries that are incorporated, need to be aware of these new provisions, and should take the opportunity to review health and safety policies in order to prevent possible criminal liability. (The Act also applies to partnerships, and to trade unions and employers’ associations, if they are an employer, as well as to government departments and police forces.)

The concept of corporate manslaughter (or “corporate homicide” as it is known in Scotland) is not new – before 6 April a corporate body could be convicted of corporate manslaughter by gross negligence, but only where an individual who was a “directing mind” of the company had also been found guilty of the offence. There were many criticisms of this,...

Want to read on?

This article is part of our subscription-based access. Please pick one of the options below to continue.

Already registered? Login to access premium content

SUBSCRIBE for one User

Unlimited access to the entire SJ website for a full year for one user.

  • 10 issues a year delivered to you
  • Digital edition of the magazine for one user – sent to your inbox or accessible through the website
  • Access to premium content on the website
  • Access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online
  • Advanced search feature
  • Online support
  • Access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices – coming soon!
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

Subscribe

CORPORATE SUBSCRIPTION

Your department or entire firm can subscribe to Solicitors Journal online, providing easy access for all who require it. Discount corporate subscription rates apply, based on number of users.

The Corporate IP Licence includes:

  • Digital copy of the magazine sent to individuals’ inboxes and accessible through the website. Solicitors Journal publishes 10 issues per year
  • Unlimited access to premium content on the website based on IP addresses
  • Unlimited access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online (username required)
  • Unlimited access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

The Corporate IP Licence is tailored to your firm, making it the most cost effective way for the firm to access Solicitors Journal, and enables the firm to remain compliant with copyright and our Terms and Conditions. This gives you the ability to print and circulate articles within the firm.

To enquire about a Corporate IP Licence for your firm, please contact our Subscriptions Manager on emily.beechey@solicitorsjournal.com.