A milestone has been reach under the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007. On 23 April 2009, Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings became the first company in the UK to be charged under the 2007 Act (see Solicitors Journal 153/16, 28 April 2009). The Act came into force on 6 April 2008.

Charges were brought against Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings for the death of their employee Alexander Wright. Mr Wright was killed in September 2008 after a pit collapsed while he was taking soil samples. The company director Peter Eaton has been charged alongside Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings with gross negligence manslaughter. The charge under the new legislation means that Mr Eaton can be jailed for life if convicted and the maximum sentence agains...

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