Kent event focuses on Post Office Horizon System scandal

Olivia Miller

An open-to-all event bringing together ex-sub-postmasters and mistresses who were wrongfully convicted for theft and false accounting in the British Post Office Horizon System scandal, legal and IT experts, and investigative journalists took place at the Gulbenkian Theatre on Saturday 21 May.

The event centred on the lived experiences of those directly impacted by one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in recent times. Through a mix of storytelling, presentations, panel discussions and a Q&A session with the audience, it provided a welcome and necessary opportunity and space to reflect on what happened, the important issues raised and what lessons can be learned from it.

Guest speakers and panellists included: Mrs Seema Misra (Sub-postmaster), Mrs Nichola Arch (Sub-postmaster), Mr Parmod Kalia (Sub-postmaster), Ms Janet Skinner (Sub-postmaster), Professor Bernard Richmond QC (Kent Law School), Mr Patrick Green QC and Ms Kathleen Donnelly (Henderson Chambers), Professor Lydia Hayes (Head of Kent Law School), Ms Flora Page (23 Essex Street and University College London), Professor Richard Moorhead (University of Exeter), Professor Harold Thimbleby (Swansea University), Dr Ida Petretta (Kent Law School), Mr Ian Reeves (Head of the Centre for Journalism), Mr Karl Flinders (Computer Weekly), Ms Katie Glass (Telegraph), and Mr David Chaplin and Ms Helen Lacey (Bath Publishing).

The event was supported by Kent Law School, the University’s Division for the Study of Law, Society & Social Justice (LSSJ) and the Future Human fund.