FINES IN FOOD LAW CASES SET TO INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY
HOW WILL THAT AFFECT YOU, YOUR BUSINESS AND YOUR BOTTOM LINE?
It has been said that a fine should be sufficiently substantial to have a real economic impact on the defendant. If, or more likely when, the current sentencing guideline proposals take effect this is likely to be the reality for a substantial number of food business operators.
In health and safety cases there has been a feeling that the level of fines was too low and this situation has certainly been reversed in recent times. The same criticism has been directed at food law matters. Are we likely to see the same upward trend in sentencing for food law offences?
After being sentenced, food businesses may be left with a sense of either being aggrieved or relieved at the level of the fine but not quite understanding how or why the court reached its decision.
Promoted as a way of bringing consistency and a degree of transparency to the sentencing process, the radical Sentencing Council consultation proposals could see fines for some food offences being significantly increased.
On top of that there is separate proposal that will give magistrates the power to impose unlimited fines on food business operators.
These proposals could lead to a fundamental shift in the way in which food cases are investigated, prosecuted, presented and sentenced. Together they are so significant that there could be very serious ramifications for food businesses which will need to carefully review the way they operate.
This highly topical and relevant seminar will demystify the proposals, provide practical information, and guidance on their implications for the food sector.
Stakeholders have until 18th February 2015 to make submissions and representations about the draft sentencing guidelines.
IN ASSOCIATION WITH GREENWOODS SOLICITORS LLP AND 6 PUMP COURT CHAMBERS
£50 + VAT (Members), £75 + VAT (Non-members),
£20 + VAT (SOFHT Students) per delegate
9.00 am – 12.30 pm
Harben Suite, First Floor, The Royal Society for Public Health, 28 Portland Place, London W1B 1LY