Simons Muirhead launches libel action for Murat

Simons Muirhead & Burton is launching one of Britain’s largest libel claims on behalf of Robert Murat, the man named by Portugese police as a formal suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The firm, in a statement, confirmed it was representing Murat in respect to libel actions against 11 newspapers and one television channel. The firm declined to comment any further.

Almost a year since Madeleine’s disappearance in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, Murat is seeking formal public apologies and damages for his treatment in the British press.

One relative said the media’s treatment of Murant resulted in “unfair stains on the name of a man against whom there is not a shred of evidence”.

The news comes less than a month after media firm Carter-Ruck ensured Madeleine’s parents received apologies from Express Newspapers for suggesting they were responsible for her death.

This included front page retractions in The Daily Express and Daily Star and the newspaper group has paid £550,000 to the Find Madeleine campaign.

Publications facing libel action from Murat:

The Daily Express
The Sunday Express
The Daily Star
The Daily Mail
The Evening Standard
The Metro
The Daily Mirror
The Sunday Mirror
The News of the World
The Sun
The Scotsman