The first company to be convicted under the United Kingdom’s corporate manslaughter act was fined about $630,000. It could have been worse — the British sentencing guidelines set no maximum limit.

Mills & Reeve, a top 50 British law firm, reported in its April newsletter that Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings Ltd. was told in mid-February that it could pay the penalty over the next 10 years, because of the company’s poor financial condition.

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