The claimant was imprisoned in a category A prison over alleged food safety offences

Laytons ETL Global and Paul Mitchell QC have secured a settlement for their client, a former pub landlord, who claimed he was subjected to a campaign of persecution following a dispute with a local solicitor over a bottle of wine, which resulted in him being held in a category A prison over alleged food safety offences.

In 2019, Dr Geoffrey Monks, now 67, brought a High Court case against the now disbanded East Northamptonshire Council on the grounds of ‘abuse of process’, after he alleged the council pursued a vendetta against him through the courts. The last time a claimant successfully recovered damages on these grounds was 160 years ago.

Monks lost his business and home and his health suffered after East North...

Suzanne Townley
News Editor
Solicitors Journal

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