R (upon the prosecution of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Health and Safety) v Whirlpool UK Appliances Ltd

Criminal law – Appeal. A fine of £700,000 imposed upon the defendant company following a guilty plea to an offence contrary to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 s 3(1) was deemed manifestly excessive, on appeal. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, applying the Definitive Guideline on Corporate Manslaughter, held that the appropriate fine in the circumstances should have been one of £300,000. The sentence was quashed to reflect that finding.

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