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Gross Negligence Manslaughter

Criminal lawyers at Taylor Law can assist if you’ve been arrested, the Police want to talk to you or you’re due in Court.

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Why Taylor Law?

If someone dies because of the negligence of another person, it may constitute gross negligence manslaughter. It is a serious and often complex charge with heavy penalties, including fines and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Allegations of this level of negligence can arise in a number of areas, including the medical profession and health and safety.
If you are involved in an incident which has resulted in someone’s death, you are advised to seek legal advice without delay.

Expert legal defence

At Taylor Law our criminal defence team offer expert guidance and representation if you have been accused of manslaughter because of gross negligence.
It is important to ensure that your communications with any investigators are properly worded, to avoid damaging your defence. We will represent you in all aspects of the case, including requests for disclosure of information, at interviews, at on-site investigations, at the inquest and before and during court proceedings.
We can also advise you as to your procedures going forward, to make sure that you are compliant with legislation and health and safety requirements.
Our team will work proactively on your behalf and keep you updated as to progress throughout. We will make sure we are available to speak to you as needed and to answer any questions you may have.

What constitutes gross negligence manslaughter?

Gross negligence manslaughter is a death caused by the breach of a duty of care which amounts to a criminal act or omission.
The prosecution will need to prove that:

  • The deceased was owed a duty of care by you;
  • You breached that duty of care;
  • The breach contributed significantly to the death;
  • There was an obvious risk of death; and
  • The breach was so serious that it amounts to the criminal offence of gross negligence.

If they are able to establish this, you may be found guilty of the criminal offence of gross negligence.
Sentencing guidelines suggest a prison sentence of 1-18 years, with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The process of proving gross negligence manslaughter can be complicated, with a number of different points needing to be established. Our team understands the complexities of defending this type of allegation and will leave no stone unturned in mounting a strong defence on your behalf.
Our team has particular expertise in defending allegations relating to deaths in police custody, with decades of experience in representing police officers.

Corporate manslaughter

Corporate manslaughter is a similar offence to gross negligence manslaughter, but with the charges levelled at a company rather than an individual. The Crown Prosecution Service has on occasion charged company directors with gross negligence manslaughter while at the same time charging
their company with corporate manslaughter.
Any organisation involved in the death of an individual can expect to be thoroughly investigated, with their premises, procedures and employees examined in order to make an assessment of their standards of care.
At Taylor Law we will work with you throughout an investigation to ensure that you and your business are properly represented and that your rights are observed.
In the event that charges are brought, we will not only mount a robust defence, but also raise any mitigating factors that may reduce culpability.

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Being convicted of gross negligence manslaughter can result in the loss of liberty. Because of its seriousness, you should not delay in seeking legal advice following the death of someone where you believe there may be have been some breach of the duty of care owed to them.
We have expert criminal defence solicitors in Leeds, Middlesbrough and London who can step in immediately to represent you and deal with investigators and police on your behalf.
We provide a first-rate legal service and have an excellent track record of success.
For an initial discussion, ring us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203 780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form.

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