Court of Appeal quash convictions of the Shrewsbury 24

Fourteen of the “flying pickets” known as the Shrewsbury 24, including the British actor Ricky Tomlinson have won their appeals against conviction for picketing during the National Building Strikes of 1972.

Benjamin Newton, led by Danny Friedman QC at Matrix Chambers and instructed by Kate Goold and Jamie Potter at Bindmans LLP, act for 12 of the appellants including the lead defendant Des Warren (now deceased).

Piers Marquis and Annabel Timan act for Ricky Tomlinson and Arthur Murray, instructed by Paul Heron of Public Interest Law Centre assisted by Richard Gowthorpe of North Kensington Law Centre.

A summary of submissions can be found here.

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