The practice acted for an individual arrested on suspicion of the murder of a woman in December 2010. The defendant was the landlord of the deceased, and the case was extensively reported, both nationally and internationally, over the New Year period.

Stokoe advised and represented the defendant throughout three days of police interrogation and before the Magistrates’ Court on the police’s application for a warrant of further detention. Our client was eliminated as a suspect in this case in March 2011, following frequent and lengthy written representations to the police.

The practice continued to advise and assist after our client was eliminated as a suspect in respect of an action for libel, which was satisfactorily concluded by a niche media practice. We continue to advise, assist and represent the same individual in respect of an ongoing claim against the police for trespass, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

There remains a great deal of media attention surrounding this individual in the light of the continuing action and the evidence given to the Leveson Inquiry, due to the conduct of the police and the media reporting through the early stages of this case. The firm also advised and assisted in respect of the initial interaction with members of the Leveson Inquiry team.