Corporate Manslaughter and Health and Safety Law

"Jonathan Grimes leads the 'excellent' team at Kingsley Napley LLP, which 'has real expertise defending individuals and directors charged with health and safety offences' and is increasingly acting for corporate clients"

Legal 500 UK 2019, The Clients' Guide to Law Firms

Accidents can occur suddenly and unexpectedly.  Those caught up in them can find themselves bewildered by what follows as investigators seek to establish cause and to apportion blame.

With the statutory offence of corporate manslaughter now well established,  sentencing guidelines suggesting fines for companies measured in millions of pounds, and custodial sentences available for those convicted of breach of health and safety regulations, the stakes have never been higher for individuals and companies caught up in such cases.

We can provide clear advice on a process that can be complex and may have far-reaching consequences.

Whether representation is needed in an interview under caution, in court proceedings, or just behind the scenes to provide support through the provision of advice, Kingsley Napley has the experience to provide reassurance and assistance to ensure our clients achieve the very best results.

With a proven track record in litigation and regulation, and a wealth of experience representing companies of all sizes, we are uniquely placed to advise companies and individuals in relation to such investigations and prosecutions. Representation is provided by solicitors in our criminal department with support from our Regulatory, Dispute Resolution and Employment teams when needed.

We have experience dealing with the Police, The Health and Safety Executive , Coroner's Inquiries, The Environment Agency , Fire and Rescue authorities, The Marine Accident Investigation Branch , The Civil Aviation Authority, The Air Accident Investigation Branch  as well as local authority enforcement departments.

what clients and directories have said

Pioneers in the area, with a wealth of expertise.

Chambers UK 2014, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

They are pragmatic in the approach they take.

Chambers UK 2014, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession


"Jonathan Grimes of Kingsley Napley LLP is an experienced lawyer with specialist expertise in health and safety. He offers advice and representation to individuals and businesses regarding investigation, prosecutions and inquests."

Chambers UK 2017

Kingsley Napley LLP’s health and safety team is part of the firm’s wider criminal practice, and defends individuals in criminal investigations and prosecutions."

Legal 500, 2017 

“Kingsley Napley LLP’s practice sits within the firm’s ‘truly excellent criminal law practice’ and represents clients in prosecutions and criminal investigations. Jonathan Grimes is ‘a great criminal lawyer with a clear understanding of health and safety’ 

Legal 500, 2016

“Jonathan Grimes has much experience in acting for major corporate clients in relation to accidental death cases. Clients say he provides 'first-class, tactical advice'"

Legal 500, 2015

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“A principled outcomes-based approached with a clear model of risk ownership”

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Health and Safety: Prosecutions of directors on the rise.

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Three companies convicted of corporate manslaughter in a week

Guilty pleasures – securing a reduction in sentence for guilty pleas in health & safety cases

Health and Safety Executive consults on fee for intervention disputes

Health and Safety Sentencing a year on from the new guidelines – What’s changed?

A new criminal offence for corporates that fail to prevent human rights abuses?

The HSE publishes its business plan for 2017/18

Arrow Recycling fined in Health and Safety Executive prosecution for cardboard crushing

Thames Water receives record £20m fine for polluting rivers

Increased prosecutions of individuals and more prison sentences in health and safety cases

Construction sector: MPs debate fatal accidents

Health Care sector feels brunt of new rules

The case for DPAs for individuals in the UK

Reducing sentences for guilty pleas – a new proposed Guideline

Corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety sentencing guidelines published

New Sentencing Health and Safety and Corporate Manslaughter Sentencing Guidelines - Massive increase in fines for medium and large companies expected

Risky business: Money laundering and the City

Care Home charged with Corporate Manslaughter

Publicity Order and prison sentence in latest corporate manslaughter case

New sentencing guidelines proposed for corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety offences

Corporate Manslaughter Acquittal – MNS Mining

Seventh corporate manslaughter conviction: Cavendish Masonry

Rare HSE prosecution of NHS trust over clinical failing

Fourth statutory corporate manslaughter conviction – are trends emerging?

The Draft Deregulation Bill – Reduced Health and Safety burden for the self-employed?

Corporate Criminal Liability - Elephant in the room spotted

The Corporate Manslaughter Act five years on - are the flood gates about to open?

Deferred Prosecution Agreements - a lost opportunity?

Corporate manslaughter conviction for Lion Steel Limited

The Serious Fraud Office sees the light (again)

Corporate manslaughter – fifty cases currently under review

Corporate manslaughter – Four years on and only a single conviction

Extension of corporate manslaughter offence to custody providers

Second company charged with corporate manslaughter

First corporate manslaughter conviction and sentence upheld by Court of Appeal

Corporate Manslaughter e-bulletin

Health & Safety Update: A New Age of Corporate Accountability?

First corporate manslaughter trial under the new act gets underway

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