Corporate manslaughter and health and safety

11 June 2020

COVID-19: Can you be prosecuted for opening your shop?

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”), Alok Sharma, announced this week that non-essential shops will be allowed to open from 15 June. Mr Sharma also stated that if shops do not follow COVID-secure guidelines they could be subject to enforcement notices. What does this mean?

Sophie Wood

5 June 2020

Returning to work and COVID-19: Could employers face health and safety prosecutions for infections in the workplace?

As we move through the phased easing of lockdown, employers and employees will be anxious to ensure that the return to the workplace does not exacerbate the risk of infection. Businesses do not want to find themselves falling foul of the law, and with news last month that the Health and Safety Executive (“HSE” – the body responsible for regulating and enforcing health and safety legislation) has been bolstered with £14m extra funding, it is more important than ever to manage the risks.


Sophie Wood

27 May 2020

The Hackitt Review- Two years on

It is just over two years since the publication of Dame Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.  Following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, the Government commissioned a report to make recommendations on the regulatory system covering high rise and complex buildings. 

Hannah Eales

18 April 2019

The Notre-Dame Fire: safeguarding our historic buildings

The sad news on Monday evening that one of the world’s iconic historical buildings was engulfed in flames caused many to question whether other historical buildings around the world are vulnerable to the same fate.

Hannah Eales

15 February 2018

The Justice Committee’s report on the Sentencing Council’s draft guidelines on manslaughter

At the end of 2017, the Justice Committee published its report on the Sentencing Council’s draft guidelines on manslaughter.

Brooke Glover

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