As discussed on our open day the sentencing guidelines have changed with effect from 1st of February 2016.
In November 2015 a definitive guide was published, this is now the basis for the courts to follow and sets quite a clear picture as to where an offender sits and how they can be moved up a category, increasing and decreasing fine or even imprisonment.
The setup is very similar for corporate and individual offences as well as corporate manslaughter charges.
Fines have increased considerably and will grow as the courts feel more comfortable serving them for example there has been recent prosecution brought to a company for a gas leak which did not injure anyone but did have the potential to do so, so the court fined this company a reduced fee for a guilty plea of £333000 and costs of £110000, this shows the seriousness of preventing risk at the very early stages.
Like I said its firm but fair, hitting those hardest who do not comply with H&S law placing others at risk.
Stephen, Consultancy Director