Since the introduction of the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences the number of prosecutions brought against individuals has dramatically increased. We have seen the courts hand down a range of sentences to company directors and sole traders; from immediate and suspended custodial sentences to fines and director disqualification.
We see D&O insurance as a vital product to protect individuals and have introduced My Crisis which is specifically designed to protect individuals.
Individual prosecutions increased by 400% between 2011 and 2016
Startling statistics obtained from the HSE and CPS indicate since February 2016 when the new sentencing guidelines were implemented, a total of 23 individuals have received either an immediate or suspended custodial sentence. To put this into perspective, between 1974 and January 2016 only 189 individuals were sentenced for the same kind of offences: this equates to less than five per year!
My Crisis is here to protect YOUR clients should they become implicated in a business crisis that could result in an investigation or prosecution. It is a bespoke service specifically tailored to the needs of individuals and your client will have immediate access to a specialist team to support them through the process.
We have prepared for the significant increase in client demand and have bolstered our team’s capabilities. We are far more than just a regulatory team - we are a regulatory, compliance and investigations team
Working alongside our existing regulatory experts we have recruited former health and safety prosecutors and three accredited regulatory consultants. Our national team has a breadth of experience with expertise in health and safety, food, environment, health and social care, retail and transport which enables us to support any major crisis.When we take on an individual’s case we:
Our team’s reputation is continually growing in this field. We are one of the few law firms that can truly offer clients expert advice throughout every aspect of their legal journey.
We have expertise in:
For more information download the My Crisis - broker and insurer brochure
If you have any questions please contact us
*Figures compiled by DWF, correct at the time of publication and will continue to change
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