New sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences come into force today

The Sentencing Council has published guidelines to be used by Judges when sentencing corporate manslaughter, health and safety offences and food safety and hygiene offences.

The guidelines will apply to all sentences passed on or after 1 February 2016 irrespective of when the relevant offence was committed.  They are expected to result in significantly larger fines being paid, particularly by large corporate defendants.

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