Blackmail acquittal

Barry Gilbert instructed by Ewing Law, and John Hurlock instructed by Daniel Berman, successfully defended 2 of six men accused of a conspiracy to blackmail at Newcastle Crown Court. In a trial lasting 6 weeks, it was alleged that the six men had operated together to blackmail a large number of small businesses across England. The method was to carry out work and then demand in some cases 100 times the quoted price, followed by threats of violence to the families of victims when payments were refused. The 4 other defendants were convicted.

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