Gross Negligence Manslaughter; Medical, drug and food related deaths

By Felicity Gerry QC and Dr Oliver Quick

Published: 25th January 2022

This short article draws on a recent Libertas webinar featuring Dr Oliver Quick and our Felicity Gerry QC which reviewed recent cases involving medical, drug and food related deaths and identified areas of ongoing uncertainty and controversy.

Felicity defended the appeal in Rebelo where the Court of Appeal of England and Wales considered manslaughter in the context of a diet pill bought online and the scope of women’s autonomy in eating disorders. She has long experience of appearing in cases of homicide involving complex legal and medical issues. Oliver Quick is Reader in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Health, Law and Society at the University of Bristol. He has written widely about law and patient safety with particular expertise on gross negligence manslaughter. His research was heavily cited in the Independent Review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide established by the General Medical Council.


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