Regulatory risk and compliance

The Sentencing Council has published definitive guidelines for those convicted of manslaughter offences in England and Wales

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Publication marks the first time that comprehensive guidelines have been drawn up for these very serious and difficult cases, which could range from an unintended death resulting from an assault, to a workplace fatality caused by a negligent employer. The serious nature of manslaughter, combined with the great variation in cases, and the fact that cases do not come before individual judges very frequently, means the introduction of guidelines will, we agree, be particularly useful in promoting consistency in sentencing and transparency in terms of how sentencing decisions are reached. More …

230% increase in allergen incidents reported by FSA

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The FSA has published its Annual Report on Incidents. This report examines the 1,514 contamination incidents involving foods, feeds and the food-related environment reported to it in 2015. More …

Changes to indications relating to gluten content of food

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The legal requirements relating to the voluntary indication of the absence or reduced presence of gluten in food, have been changed. From 20 July 2016 the only statements that can be used to indicate the absence or reduced presence of gluten in a food or a meal are "gluten free" and "very low gluten". More …

The new Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter, Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Guidelines: ready or not here they come!

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On Monday 1 February 2016, new Sentencing Guidelines for a range of regulatory offences come into force. They apply to all offences sentenced on or after this date, regardless of when the offence was committed. For convicted corporate Defendants, one can expect to see a significant increase in the level of fines imposed. For health and safety offences, the Guidelines focus on the turnover of organisations in order to scope the range of fine More …

Criminal courts charge to be scrapped before Christmas

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Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor Michael Gove has announced that the Ministry of Justice is scrapping the controversial criminal courts charge introduced earlier this year, as of 24 December. More …

Lesson to be learned from Standard Bank financial orders

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On 30 November 2015 the Crown Court approved a deferred prosecution agreement entered into by Standard Bank with the Serious Fraud Office to settle a bribery allegation triggered by a self-report made by the bank in 2013. More …

New 'Novel Foods' regulation

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The EU's legislative process has approved a final draft of a new regulation on novel foods. The draft regulation is likely to become law in the near future, with most of it coming into force two years later. More …

Helpful case on legal privilege in regulatory investigations

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The doctrine of legal privilege prevents an investigator from seeing documents which have been created for the purpose of obtaining and giving legal advice. More …