Blackstones Guide to the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007

Paperback | February 7, 2008

byRichard Matthews

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The Blackstone's Guide Series delivers concise and accessible books covering the latest legislative changes and amendments. Published soon after enactment, they offer expert commentary by leading names on the effects, extent and scope of the legislation, plus a full copy of the Act itself.They offer a cost-effective solution to key information needs and are the perfect companion for any practitioner needing to get up to speed with the latest changes. The Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007 establishes a statutory offence of manslaughter through gross negligence for organizations whose acts or omissions, in breach of a duty of care, cause the death of a person. It has swept away the common law and provided for an offence, liability for which is partdecided by the judge and part by the jury at trial. For the first time, Crown immunity has been removed and named departments and government bodies can face prosecution where such a death has occurred. This book covers in detail all the elements of the new offence and provides a full, clear analysis both of the Act and the common law principles involved in determining the existence of a relevant duty of care. It will be of benefit to all legal practitioners and others advising organizations on theimpact of the new offence and upon potential liability for corporate manslaughter. Its logical style and careful analysis of the provisions make it an essential purchase for all those involved in a corporate manslaughter investigation or subsequent prosecution.

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The Blackstone's Guide Series delivers concise and accessible books covering the latest legislative changes and amendments. Published soon after enactment, they offer expert commentary by leading names on the effects, extent and scope of the legislation, plus a full copy of the Act itself.They offer a cost-effective solution to key inf...

Richard Matthews is a barrister at 2 Bedford Row in London. He is Standing Counsel to the Health and Safety Executive and the Office of Rail Regulator. Richard advised the Home Office Legal Advisor's Branch in relation to the proposals for and drafting of the Corporate Manslaughter Bill and is vice-chairman of the Health and Safety La...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.43 inPublished:February 7, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199203210

ISBN - 13:9780199203215

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1. Introduction2. 1. The Offence and Organisations Subject to the Act3. 1. The Relevant Duty of Care I: A Question of Law Founded upon the Common Law of Negligence4. 1. Relevant Duty of Care II: The Meaning and Categories of the Relevant Duties of Care5. 1. Relevant Duty of Care III: The Exemptions in Section 36. Committing the Offence: Causation and Breach of Duty7. 1. Sentence and Orders Upon ConvictionAppendix 1 - The Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007