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Michael CaplanIn the autumn the Government will publish its long-awaited draft legislation on corporate manslaughter. Its committed aim is to make the law on corporate manslaughter more effective and to “improve the lot of victims”. It will undoubtedly target large companies, but how far will it go, and what difference will it make in reality?

The Home Secretary has emphasised his strong commitment to legislation for victims of corporate killing. On 21 May he said: “There is great public concern at the criminal law’s lack of success in convicting companies of manslaughter where a death has occurred due to gross negligence by the organisation as a whole.

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