Shipping: Corporate killing - will justice be done?
The Law Commission's report on involuntary manslaughter sets out a new offence of 'corporate killing'. The Government is one of its biggest advocates, but as Joanne Moody investigates, will the new law make any difference?
The Hatfield disaster, and the four lives lost there, is but one in a line of recent disasters involving loss of life at the hands of, many would say, big businesses: the Herald of Free Enterprise (1987 – 190 lives lost); the King’s Cross fire (1987 – 31); Piper Alpha (1988 – 167); the Clapham disaster (1988 – 35); Southall (1997 – 7); and Paddington (1999 – 31).
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