NFSP statement on Bates vs Post Office Ltd "Common Issues" trial verdict

15 March 2019

The NFSP is currently reviewing the judgement in the “Common Issues” trial of the Post Office Group Litigation – which is a substantial document.

Justice Fraser is highly critical of Post Office Ltd’s actions and behaviour, and our initial inference is that the verdict could have far-reaching implications for Post Office Ltd and for franchiser-to-franchisee relationships more generally.

It is important to note that the NFSP was not involved in the trial and was neither invited to provide evidence nor called as a witness. On that basis, the NFSP is surprised and disappointed by Justice Fraser’s criticisms of our organisation – brief as they are in the context of the overall judgement - as they are based almost entirely on supposition.