Olliers’ vast experience of defending serious criminal allegations incorporates a considerable number of blackmail offences. The firm’s reputation for committed and rigorous defence work means that we attract some of the heaviest and serious criminal cases in the country.
Blackmail is defined as making an unwarranted demand with menaces with a view to making a gain or causing a loss.
To prove the offence of blackmail the prosecution must show that the defendant has made a demand, with menaces, that the demand was unwarranted and that the defendant did this in an attempt to make a gain for himself (or another) or cause a loss to another.
The maximum sentence is 14 years imprisonment.
High profile cases have involved threats to supermarket chains and commercial organisations, bomb hoaxes, commercial espionage, protection rackets involving threats to damage and to premises.
Olliers provide specialist advice and representation throughout England and Wales.
We are ranked as a Top Tier criminal firm in both the 2015 editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers Directory.