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In Scotland, the prosecution of any breach of Health and Safety legislation is now taken very seriously.

Displaying this serious commitment to the prosecution of any breaches of regulations, the UK Government enacted the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 which came into force across the UK on 6th April 2008. The Act sets out new offences of corporate manslaughter and corporate homicide in respect of organisations whose failure to comply with their health and safety duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, results in death.

In line with the CMCH Act 2007, the Government also enacted the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 with the intention of increasing criminal penalties and providing courts with greater sentencing powers for those who breach health and safety legislation.

Apart from the criminal responsibility which attaches to individuals and corporate bodies in respect of a breach of health and safety procedures, the victims of any such breach also have a legal remedy through a civil action for damages for any loss or injury suffered as a result of the breach. How that civil action progresses depends to a great extent on the outcome of any criminal prosecution against an individual or company.

If you are being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive, or being prosecuted in the courts for allegedly breaching any Health and Safety legislation, then don’t leave the conduct of your defence to corporate lawyers who have little or no experience of how criminal courts operate.

Contact us now for some free and reassuring advice from a criminal lawyer.