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Forensic Drug Sampling Claims

Have you had a drug driving conviction overturned because of the Randox scandal?

Hudgell Solicitors is supporting many of the thousands of people caught up in the Randox drug driving testing scandal.

More than 10,500 cases dating back to 2014 had to be reviewed after it was established some of the forensic results at Randox Testing Services were incorrect.

Samples were retested and initial results were found to be incorrect, leading to convictions being overturned.

Hudgell Solicitors represents a number of people, who said the scandal had a “devastating” impact on their lives due to driving bans and loss of work.

Our dedicated Civil Liberties team has a proven track record of righting wrongs and is eager to assist anyone who believes they were a victim of what has been described as “the most serious breach of forensic science standards in living memory”.

If you are unsure if you have been impacted by this, we are here to help answer any questions you might have.

What is the Randox drug driving scandal?

The scandal arises out of unreliable toxicology services provided to the police by Randox Testing Services (RTS).

Randox Testing Services held contracts with nearly all UK police forces to provide toxicology test results which detected the presence of drugs in hair, blood, and urine.

Some of these test results were relied upon to convict people of criminal offences. A large proportion of the cases were for Road Traffic Act offences such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Those affected by the unreliable forensic testing will have suffered a wrongful conviction as a result of results provided by Randox to the police.

How will I know if I was wrongly convicted because of an unreliable testing process?

You will have received a letter from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) or your criminal solicitor to advise you that your conviction is unsafe.

You can apply to the court to have that conviction overturned.

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Which police forces in the country were affected by the Randox scandal?

  • Cheshire
  • Dorset
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • West Yorkshire
  • Hampshire
  • Lancashire
  • West Mercia
  • North Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire
  • Humberside
  • Devon & Cornwall

What is the timescale for making a claim?

The timescale involved depends on the type of damages that you wish to include. In most cases the timescale is between three and six years from the date you became aware that the conviction was unsafe.

This is generally from the date on the letter that you received from the CPS or your criminal solicitors who represented you at the time.

Each case does however turn on its own facts, and the timescale involved in your own case will be discussed with you when you contact us.

Can I claim for compensation for the impact this conviction had on my life?

A civil claim for compensation can be initiated on your behalf for the stress and inconvenience that the situation has caused.

The level of compensation that can be claimed will depend on your individual circumstances.  Our team will be able to give you further advice when you speak with them.

How can Hudgell Solicitors help me?

Here at Hudgell Solicitors, we have a wealth of experience of dealing with civil claims for compensation.

We have a dedicated team who already represent around 70 clients who have been affected by the Randox scandal who are now pursuing civil claims for damages for the impact it has had on their lives.

We can help you claim compensation on a no win, no fee basis. Should you believe that you may have been impacted by unsafe Randox testing, please call us on 0808 159 8239 to tell us your story and see whether we can help.

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"As we represent 35 people who have had drug-driving convictions overturned we say Randox scandal has had ‘devastating impact on lives’."

Dr Neil Hudgell, Executive Chairman

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