A snapshot of the corporate manslaughter act, its powers, and its limitations the new law is wider, meaning a company can be convicted if it can be proven that there was a gross breach of duty of care by senior management, instead of just one individual. The corporate manslaughter and corporate homicide act 2007 is a landmark in law for the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care. Corporate manslaughter is not another heading for involuntary manslaughter ie constructive manslaughter, negligence manslaughter etc it is the term used for any type of manslaughter caused by a 'corporation' rather than an individual.
Corporate manslaughter is a relatively new offence under english law the corporate manslaughter and corporate homicide act came into force across the uk in april 2008 before this companies could be prosecuted for causing death under the offence of gross negligence manslaughter.
Corporate manslaughter is a criminal offence in english law, being an act of homicide committed by a company or organisation in general, in english criminal law , a juristic person is in the same position as a natural person , and may be convicted for committing many offences.
An act to create a new offence that, in england and wales or northern ireland, is to be called corporate manslaughter and, in scotland, is to be called corporate homicide and to make provision in connection with that offence.