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First Corporate Manslaughter conviction

First Corporate Manslaughter conviction

Tuesday 22nd February 2011

Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings have been fined £385,000 after becoming the first company to be convicted under the new Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act following the death of Alex Wright in 2008, who suffocated when the 3.5m trench he was working in collapsed on top of him. The prosecution’s case was...

End of the Default Retirement age

End of the Default Retirement age

Thursday 3rd February 2011

In this article, Liz Wilson of Beachcroft LLP considers the implications of the planned abolition of the default retirement age. On 13 January 2011, the Government confirmed that its proposal to abolish the default retirement age (“DRA”) will go ahead on 1 October 2011. From this date (and other than in...

Record personal injury compensation awards

Record personal injury compensation awards

Tuesday 14th December 2010

This year has seen the courts making a number of record breaking compensation awards. Firstly, Wasim Mohammed, a car passenger left paralysed by a road traffic accident, was awarded £11.5 million. Then in September, Manny Helmot, 39, a former Commonwealth Games cyclist, was awarded £14m after being knocked off his bike...

Changes to the legal duty to insure your vehicle

Changes to the legal duty to insure your vehicle

Monday 27th September 2010

  <p>The Motor Insurance Database (MID) is a central register of insurance policy information for all insured UK vehicles. This is used by the police to detect and seize more than 500 uninsured vehicles every day.   <p>Due to be introduced in 2011, Continuous Insurance Enforcement will mean that if there is no...

Agriculture still the most dangerous industry in the UK

Agriculture still the most dangerous industry in the UK

Thursday 23rd September 2010

Latest HSE figures show that agriculture, in the broadest sense, remains the most hazardous UK industry with 38 fatal injuries for 2009 / 2010, 13 more than the previous year. This is a rate of 8.2 deaths per 100,000 workers, compared to 0.5 deaths per 100,000 for UK industry as a...

Deadline for inspecting air conditioning systems

Deadline for inspecting air conditioning systems

Friday 17th September 2010

Many buildings have air conditioning systems requiring management and regular maintenance to ensure they continue to work efficiently. Some types may also require controls to prevent he growth and spread of legionella bacteria.  Following a European Directive, regulations were introduced in the UK in 2007 requiring air conditioning systems with an...