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Representing Sub-postmasters

Representing Sub-postmasters

Hudgell Solicitors has played a key role in representing former Sub-postmasters named as ‘Core Participants’ for Post Office Horizon Public Inquiry.

From the very outset of the scandal being uncovered our team campaigned for the statutory Public Inquiry to be held.

Beginning on February 14th, 2022, the Inquiry is chaired by retired High Court Judge Sir Wyn Williams.

During proceedings our legal team is provided with disclosure of evidence, has the opportunity to make opening and closing statements on behalf of clients, been able to suggest lines of questioning at oral hearings, and been able to apply to ask questions of witnesses.

A link to the Inquiry website can be found here for live, up-to-date news.

If you’ve suffered as a result of the post office scandal and want to speak to us, contact our Horizon team today by email or request a callback.

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About the inquiry

About the inquiry

The Inquiry is led by retired high court judge Sir Wyn Williams, who has over 28 years’ judicial experience.

Sir Wyn is tasked with ensuring there is a public summary of the failings which occurred with the Horizon IT system at the Post Office leading to the suspension, termination of Sub-postmasters’ contracts, prosecution and conviction of Sub-postmasters.

The Inquiry is seeking to establish a clear account of the implementation and failings of the system over its lifetime (a period of over 20 years).

The Inquiry is gathering relevant evidence from affected persons, previous and current Sub-postmasters and Sub-postmistresses, Post Office Ltd, UK Government Investment (UKGI), Fujitsu, the Department for Business and Trade (DBT), amongst others.

It is also considering whether Post Office Limited has learned the lessons and embedded the cultural change necessary.

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What impact will the inquiry have?

What impact will the inquiry have?

At its conclusion, the Inquiry should make any recommendations it sees fit, including actions that may, in its view, be appropriate from its findings.

The Inquiry will submit its findings and a final report will be published, to which the Government will respond in due course.

Public Inquiries can make findings about the credibility and actions of people involved. This can ultimately lead to further criminal or civil investigations for those involved.

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Former sub-postmistress has named cleared in court after 20 years – and heads straight to Public Inquiry to see Paula Vennells give evidence

Six more former Subpostmasters had long-standing convictions relating to the Post Office Horizon scandal quashed in court this morning – as former chief executive Paula Vennells began giving her long-awaited evidence at the Public Inquiry. Having lived for two decades wrongfully labelled a convicted criminal, former Merseyside sub-postmistress Sushma Blaggan headed straight from the Royal […]

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‘I went bankrupt because of Post Office Horizon scandal – now I’m 65 and looking for a part-time job after selling my home, and receivers want to take most of my compensation’

At the age of 65, having recently sold his house for some much-needed funds, former sub-postmaster Stefan Fountain is currently on the lookout for a part-time job. Twenty-two years after taking over a Post Office in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire – a job he thought would be ‘for life’ – he is thinking about how he […]

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Three more former sub-postmasters have long-standing convictions quashed

Three more former sub-postmasters who were victims of the Post Office Horizon scandal today had long-standing convictions quashed. Each had been prosecuted by the Post Office for unexplained shortfalls in their accounts. One, now aged 39, was sentenced in 2008 over a shortfall of just less than £3,500 and was sentenced to 150 hours community […]

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Post Office scandal victim Jo Hamilton: ‘I hope our story encourages others to come forward, clear their names and get compensation. We’ve proved it can be done’

A former sub-postmistress whose story is told in the new ITV drama about the Post Office Horizon scandal says she hopes the series and subsequent documentary will encourage others to ‘find the courage’ to come forward and clear their names. Jo Hamilton, 66, was one of more than 700 sub-postmasters prosecuted between 2000 and 2014, […]

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How we can represent you

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There are various funding options that may be available including pro bono, legal aid and conditional fee agreements.

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We will plan what steps are needed to help you obtain justice. Whether you are applying to a compensation scheme or looking to overturn a conviction, we can help you.

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We will use our unrivalled experience in Horizon Scandal cases to help us gather the evidence required and submit this on your behalf.

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Post Office news

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Paula Vennells must ‘take ownership and accountability for what went on’ when giving evidence to Post Office Inquiry

Solicitor Neil Hudgell says Sub-postmasters want former Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells to keep to her promise to ensure they ‘get the answers they deserve’ when she gives evidence at the Public Inquiry this week. Hudgell Solicitors represents 75 former Sub-postmasters who have had their wrongful convictions overturned at the ongoing Post Office Horizon […]

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New legislation to quash Post Office Horizon convictions welcomed as exoneration ‘cannot come soon enough’ for victims

Solicitor Neil Hudgell has welcomed news of a new law being introduced by the Government to automatically quash convictions relating to the Horizon Scandal. However, he says there are still ‘too many hurdles in place to full, fair and speedy compensation’ and says ‘renewed effort and focus is needed’ to ensure that challenge is met. […]

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Solicitor Neil Hudgell tells parliamentary committee of ‘painful’ compensation process – and fears many subpostmasters have accepted offers ‘nowhere near’ true value

Solicitor Neil Hudgell today told a parliamentary committee that ‘creative thinking’ is needed from the Government to prevent the process of fairly compensating former subpostmasters taking up to another two years. Appearing before the Business and Trade Select Committee to discuss the Horizon scandal, Mr Hudgell outlined the continuing frustrations in seeking redress for hundreds […]

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Q&A with Neil Hudgell on the Horizon Scandal since the ITV drama

New cases, overturning convictions, compensation and ‘pre-horizon pilot’ problems Hudgell Solicitors is currently representing and advising more than 500 people concerning the Post Office Horizon IT Scandal, including people wrongfully convicted, those who were forced to repay alleged ‘shortfalls’ and lost their livelihoods, and relatives of sub-postmasters who have since died. Since the turn of […]

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