New Sentencing Guidelines

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16 Feb 2016

The new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences are in force as of the 1st February 2016. They are intended to increase the level of fines, particularly for larger organisations. However, unintended consequences of the way punishment are now calculated mean that judges will be forced to hand out much higher fines than expected and send many more directors and managers to prison for breaching health and safety legislation.

The new guidelines can be found at HS-offences-definitive-guideline-FINAL-web1