Mr Hall was Matt Skilbeck's lawyer. In January 1986, Matt had a fight with his arch rival, nasty quarry owner Harry Mowlam. The following day, Mowlam was found brutally beaten to death. Matt was not sure he killed Mowlam as he had a blackout after the fight. Mr Hall said that Matt did have motive to kill Mowlam due to Mowlam once causing Matt's wife Dolly to have a miscarriage, also he made sexual advances on Dolly. Mr Hall asked Matt to plead guilty to manslaughter, therefore he could get a lighter sentence. No one believed that Matt was capable of killing Mowlam so another lawyer was sought.