Ep 2 - More Postmaster convictions quashed at Southwark Crown Court

Episode 2,   Jul 11, 2022, 11:12 AM

Rebecca and Nick go to Southwark Crown Court to see a former Postmaster and a Post Office assistant have their convictions quashed.

On 9 June 2022, Gillian Harrison and Richard Ormerod won their appeals against their convictions at Southwark Crown Court. They became the 74th and 75th Subpostmasters to have their convictions quashed. Rebecca and Nick went along to watch it happen and speak to Gillian, Richard and representatives from their legal firm, Hudgells. Rebecca and Nick start by discussing the awkwardness of being a journalist at a court case, then we hear about Gillian and Richard's criminal convictions and why the Post Office did not oppose their appeal. Then, an interview with Gillian and a second interview with Neil Hudgell, Executive Chairman of Hudgell solicitors. Neil talks about the wider issue of compensation and the apparent impasse between the Post Office and the Postmasters' legal representatives over how that compensation should be finalised. This interview was recorded before the Post Office and and Hudgells agreed to appoint a retired judge (Lord Dyson) to conduct an "early neutral evaluation" to decide on the issue of "non-pecuniary damages" (ie to reputation, health etc).