Seafarers Facing Prison and Fines

Seafarers are amongst the most heavily regulated working sector in the UK with up to five governmental agencies dedicated to enforcing law and prosecuting criminal acts.  “Even on the best run ship…accidents can, happen”, says Howard Quinlivan, solicitor advocate with Bartons Solicitors. Bartons is seeing increased usage of gross negligence manslaughter combined with corporate manslaughter and directors of companies are now more commonly prosecuted in their personal capacities at common law for gross negligence manslaughter.