The empirical and theoretical analysis of the investigative and court process of corporate offending in the UK since 2008

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Southampton

Principal Researcher

Cem Ozdemir

Level of Research


Project Start Date

December 2018

Research Context

​There have been a few studies (Hebert, Bittle and Tombs, 2019; Tombs, 2018; Braithwaite, 1984; Pearce and Tombs, 1998) related to workplace deaths resulting from corporate violence in the criminology literature. This study explores the importance of agencies' role in the investigative process by conducting interviews with representatives of Police, Health and Safety Executive, Crown Prosecution Service, lawyers and others involved in the prosecution of corporate manslaughter.
The research looks at examples of corporate offending causing death in the UK. The primary aim of this study is to understand the prosecution and punishment process of work-related corporate offending in the criminal justice system. The second aim is to identify the reasons for, and the role of crime-related agencies (e.g. Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Police) in successful and unsuccessful prosecutions. The study considers the dynamics of four types of decisions deemed by governmental institutions as work-related deaths caused by corporate violations.

Research Methodology

​The qualitative case study approach and documentary (discourse) analysis are the chosen methods. This study will rely on in-depth interviews with key governmental and non-governmental agencies' members from the Police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Health and Safety Executive, Local Council Inspectors and other participants involved in the cases.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

December 2022
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