Ross Whalley considers the Health and Safety Executive’s new sentencing guidelines nine months on from their implementation

In her last article for Solicitors Journal in March 2016, my colleague Zahra Nanji considered the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter, and food safety and hygiene offences published by the Sentencing Council, which came into force in February 2016.

The guidelines introduced higher fines for organisations in breach of health and safety law, with a range of factors to be taken into account when the courts are considering the appropriate level of penalty, including the size of the organisation and the risk of harm created by the breach.

Zahra anticipated the guidelines would increase fine...

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