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DAC Beachcroft Secures Acquittal In First Corporate Manslaughter Prosecution Against NHS Trust

Published On: 1 January 2016

On 28 January 2016 a jury at Inner London Crown Court was directed to return not guilty verdicts against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and Dr Errol Cornish. This followed successful applications that there was no case to answer against each defendant, despite 7 days of prosecution evidence. 

The case arose from the death in October 2012 of Frances Cappuccini, an obstetric patient who suffered a cardiac arrest following complications subsequent to a caesarean section. The prosecution of the Trust for corporate manslaughter was the first time an NHS Trust has been charged with this offence; the Trust is also the largest corporate manslaughter defendant to date. Dr Cornish, a locum consultant anaesthetist, was prosecuted for gross negligence manslaughter as a consequence of allegations about his care of Mrs Cappuccini.

DAC Beachcroft represented the Trust from the point charges were brought in May 2015, in a team led by Tracey Longfield, which included Colin Moore and Nicola Parker.

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