Murder, Manslaughter & Corporate Manslaughter

Murder, Manslaughter & Corporate Manslaughter

Tuckers Solicitors have a dedicated team of expert lawyers who are specialists in cases of murder, manslaughter, homicide & corporate manslaughter.

The unlawful killing of another person is the most serious criminal offence and can lead to life imprisonment, so it is essential that you seek expert legal advice immediately.  These cases often involve very lengthy and detailed police investigations and our lawyers and in-house Barristers and Solicitor Higher Court Advocates have the experience and expertise to successfully defend clients charged with such offences.


Murder is committed where a person of sane mind unlawfully kills another human being, who was “in being” (i.e. alive), under the Queen’s peace (i.e. not in war time) with intent to kill or cause grievous bodily harm.

The evidence presented by the Crown Prosecution Service in a murder case is likely to be lengthy and complex.  It will often involve various different strands including DNA/fingerprints, forensic, CCTV, phone records, witness testimony and post mortem reports.  You will need the best and most experienced lawyers at Tuckers to defend this allegation.

If convicted, the Judge must impose a life sentence and follow guidance on the minimum amount of time the offender must be in prison before being considered for release (this is sometimes referred to as the tariff).

The general right to bail does not apply in murder cases, and magistrates cannot consider bail at court once someone has been charged.  You will need an experienced lawyer from Tuckers Solicitors to assist if you wish to make a bail application when you are facing a murder allegation.


Manslaughter can be committed in three ways:

  • Killing with the intent for murder but where a partial defence applies, namely loss of control, diminished responsibility or killing pursuant to a suicide pact;
  • Conduct that was grossly negligent carrying a risk of death, and death did occur, called gross negligence manslaughter;
  • Conduct involving an unlawful act involving a danger of some harm that resulted in death called unlawful and dangerous act manslaughter.

Sentences for manslaughter are often less than for murder and depend on a wide range of factors.  You will need specialist legal assistance for help in this regard.

Corporate manslaughter

Corporate manslaughter is usually where the defendant is a director of a company and has committed an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Our specialist Health and Safety Department has a wealth of experience in this field.

If you are facing murder, manslaughter, homicide or corporate manslaughter charges you should call us immediately.  Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing immediate, first class legal advice, assistance and representation during criminal proceedings; ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients. For more information please contact the Criminal Defence team on 020 7388 8333 or email

Murder, Manslaughter & Corporate Manslaughter