Sentencing Guidelines – are you ready to face the prospect of multi-million pound fines?

The Sentencing Guidelines Council have proposed a quantum leap in sentences for health, safety and environmental offences. We have produced a video to explain the changes and how they may impact you.

In November 2014, the Sentencing Council (the Council) published a consultation on Sentencing Guidelines for Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety offences (the Guidelines). They represent the biggest shake up to the Regulatory sentencing landscape in recent years and DWF were the only firm to respond to the Government’s consultation, incorporating our client’s comments.

The Council has indicated that the Guidelines will be published in their final format in November, and will come into force in February 2016. To find out more about these Guidelines and the potential challenges they pose, please click on the image below to listen to our video.

Sentencing Guidelines

To find out more about how the Regulatory team can help you, please speak to Steffan Groch, Paul Matthews or Dominic Watkins.

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This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.

Paul Matthews

Partner - Head of Regulatory (Yorkshire and North East)

I am a Partner in the Regulatory team and a corporate defence specialist who provides up-front regulatory compliance advice and representation to businesses and senior managers in relation to investigations and prosecutions by regulatory bodies.

Steffan Groch

Partner and Head of Regulatory - Head of Sectors

I head up DWF's national Regulatory team as well as leading the firm’s ‘go to market’ sector expertise. I am also Chair of the UK Health and Safety Lawyers Association.

Dominic Watkins

Partner - Head of Food Group

I am Head of DWF’s internationally renowned food sector group as well as being Head of Regulatory in London.