Recent Developments in the law of Gross Negligence Manslaughter

Zoe Johnson QC and Philip Stott will provide an overview of the elements of the offence of gross negligence manslaughter, and how the courts have interpreted and refined those elements over recent years.

They will discuss in particular the impact on the law of three recent cases concerning allegations of gross negligence manslaughter made against medical professionals, R v Honey Rose (an optometrist), R v Sellu (a colorectal consultant) and R v Rudling (a general practitioner). The decisions of the Court of Appeal in those cases will have long-term consequences in determining when it is right to prosecute medical professionals for manslaughter.

Meeting organised by the Royal Society of Medicine, British Medical Association and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Zoe Johnson QC Philip Stott