Sentencing Guideline Review: your chance to hear from the Sentencing Council on their evaluation of progress with the H&S Sentencing Guideline

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Date(s) - 19/06/2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DAC Beachcroft


Ruth Pope and Caroline Nauth-Misir from the Sentencing Council have kindly agreed to present to us and discuss HSLA members’ views concerning the impact assessment of the Guideline on H&S, corporate manslaughter and food hygiene sentencing.  Their formal analysis has looked at sentencing data, sentencing remarks and appeal decisions and evaluated sentence outcomes, fine amounts and implementation issues.

Caroline will present a summary of the findings and answer questions about the impact assessment. She will be interested to hear any ideas about further sources of information which may assist any future investigation of the guideline’s operation.

Ruth will answer questions about the work of the Council in general including its future work plan.

The topics to be covered in the presentation will include:

  1. Sentencing Council evaluation findings
  2. Sentencing Council further investigations
  3. Sentencing Council upcoming work
    • Expanded Explanations and General Guideline (which would apply to fire safety offences)
    • Future work plan

The discussion topics will include

  1. Are the fines right and if not what should change?
    1. Large organisations
    2. Micro and small organisations
  2. Individuals – is the threshold right for imprisonment as against fines and community orders?
  3. Food hygiene – anything to change?
  4. Any other practical suggestions for sentencing council to take into account?


The Speakers

Ruth Pope is legal adviser to the Sentencing Council

Caroline Nauth-Misir is senior statistical officer at the Sentencing Council

Simon Joyston-Bechal is the chair of the HSLA Thought Leadership & Public Affairs Committee. He is a director of Turnstone Law and has 25 years of experience as a solicitor. He specialises in regulatory defence and he is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading health & safety lawyers.

This is a members only event. Non members can join HSLA and attend the event free


Bookings are closed for this event.

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