Mock corporate manslaughter trial

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What’s it like to be tried for corporate manslaughter?

It’s a question that has kept a few bosses awake at night - but now the Institute of Directors has the answer.

It is organising a mock fatal fall trial at Sheffield Crown Court with three barristers who will take the role of judge, prosecutor and defence.

It is designed to focus the minds of directors and business leaders on health and safety policies to minimse risk.

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act came into force in July 2007, with the intention of prosecuting companies for corporate manslaughter following the most serious health and safety breaches.

Steven Moir, vice chairman of the IoD South Yorkshire, said: “We have secured Sheffield Crown Court for the event, to make it feel even more ‘real’.

“It is a great opportunity for directors to see three of the country’s leading barristers in action.

“With IoD South Yorkshire being one of the fastest growing IoD regions in the country, we are really excited about this excellent opportunity for directors to benefit from enhancing their skills and building contacts.”

The mock trial will demonstrate how a case is presented in court and delegates will be able to witness at first hand what it would be like to be prosecuted, defended and judged. It is being held in association with Nabarro LLP and will feature three barristers from Deans Court Chambers in Manchester. It is from 6pm to 8.30pm on Thursday October 2 and is £25 for members and £40 for non-members.

Drinks and networking will take place afterwards at Nabarro at 1 South Quays, Victoria Quays.