Alpha Public Relations | Coverage summary: the vindication of Dr Geoffrey Monks
A summary of the media coverage achieved by Alpha Public Relations on behalf of the legal team who acted for Dr Geoffrey Monks, a publican who lost his business after being wrongfully prosecuted for food safety offences.
Litigation PR, Geoffrey Monks, Northamptonshire, legal PR, Laytons ETL
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Coverage summary: The vindication of Dr Geoffrey Monks

At the beginning of 2022 Alpha Public Relations was privileged to provide PR advice to Laytons ETL, solicitors for Dr Geoffrey Monks, in relation to a substantial settlement Dr Monks received from North Northamptonshire Council. Dr Monks had lost his businesses and home after being wrongly prosecuted for food safety offences in 1999, and was for a time jailed in the same high-security prison as the Soham murderer Ian Huntley.

The settlement, and Dr Monks’ story, attracted widespread coverage across much of the national media.

Publicising the outcome of litigation is not always appropriate. In this case, though, it was important to Dr Monks and his legal team that his vindication, and the council’s admission that he should never have been prosecuted in the first place, was reported as widely as possible.

The case was also notable because, Dr Monks’ legal team believe, the last time damages for abuse of process were recovered in the senior courts was 1861.

Listed below is a selection of the online media coverage achieved in the days following the settlement being made public. This is just a sample, and significant print coverage was also received.


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BBC Online

Mail Online

Daily Express

Yahoo News

Law Society Gazette

Solicitors Journal

Local Government Lawyer

NN Journal



The Sunday Times

The Telegraph

The Times

Stuart Anderson