News 28th Jun 2016

Jonathan Laidlaw QC and Craig Ferguson represent first company to be sentenced for Corporate Manslaughter since the new Definitive Guideline came into force

Monavon Construction Limited pleaded guilty in May to two offences of corporate manslaughter and one offence contrary to section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The case arose out of the tragic deaths of two men who died when they pushed one another against hoarding, which surrounded a construction site operated by Monavon, which collapsed. The men fell into an unprotected light well.

HHJ Worsley, sitting at the Central Criminal Court, imposed a fine of £250,000 on each count of manslaughter and £50,000 for the HSWA offence, to be paid within 2 years.

Jonathan Laidlaw QC and Craig Ferguson were instructed by Nina Dhillon of DWF LLP.

Oliver Glasgow QC and Julia Faure Walker prosecuted.


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