Statement on the Post Office Scandal
Between 1999 and 2015, the Post Office prosecuted 700 sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses based on information from a computer system called Horizon. Some 283 more cases were brought by other bodies including the Crown Prosecution Service. Many maintained their innocence and said they had repeatedly raised issues about problems with the software, but some went to prison for false accounting and theft and many were financially ruined. After 20 years, campaigners won a legal battle to have their cases reconsidered but to date only 93 convictions have been overturned. A public inquiry began in February 2021, but many victims are still fighting to have their convictions overturned, or to secure full compensation.
On the 23rd of December 2022, Cartwright King Solicitors entered administration and its assets were acquired by a new company, with a completely new management team.
None of the employees, owners or managers who were involved in advising the Post Office remain with the new company and had left Cartwright King prior to its acquisition by the new owners.
The new owners of Cartwright King are, alongside the rest of the country, horrified at the injustice caused by the Post Office prosecutions and will provide full assistance to the Inquiry to help bring those responsible to justice. This will include providing any relevant material in our possession, as well as assisting the Solicitors Regulation Authority to investigate the conduct of any solicitors involved in the prosecutions brought by the Post Office.
We hope that following the inquiry, all those who were wrongly prosecuted will be exonerated and compensated for their loss whilst those involved in bringing the prosecutions will be brought to justice in the criminal courts.
All advice is correct at time of publication.