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Expert cautions against "complacency" as second UK company acquitted of corporate manslaughter

Companies should not be complacent about the risk of prosecution for deaths caused by their failures despite the acquittal of the second company to face a corporate manslaughter charge, an expert has said. 30 Jun 2014

Court of Session's "tough moralistic stance" on fiduciary duties a warning to agents, says expert

A recent decision by the Court of Session in Scotland illustrates in "graphic terms" the seriousness with which courts regard the fiduciary, or good faith, duties owed by agents towards those they are working on behalf of, an expert has said. 12 May 2014

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