Corporate liability in England and Wales

Celia Wells

in Corporations and Criminal Responsibility

Second edition

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780198267935
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683411 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

Corporate liability in England and Wales

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This chapter addresses the development of the law of corporate criminal liability in England and Wales. Since the current state of play in this area of law can best be understood through a historical account, the first section of this chapter is devoted to a brief history, before dealing in the second part with developments over the last decade, many of which challenge the orthodox account of this area of law. There is undoubtedly a judicial mood of strict interpretation of health and safety, consumer protection, and other regulatory offences. Running parallel to the described developments have been the widely publicized campaigns following major disasters to persuade the authorities to bring a manslaughter prosecution against a corporate body.

Keywords: corporate liability; England; Wales; criminal law; manslaughter prosecution

Chapter.  11547 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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