One of London's leading literary agents Rod Hall, who represented amongst others the playwrights Martin McDonagh (pictured) and Liz Lochhead, as well as screenwriters Simon Beaufoy (author of The Full Monty), Juliette Towhidi (who co-wrote Calendar Girls with Tim Firth) and Simon Nye (who wrote Men Behaving Badly), was found in his London flat on 23 May, with 'multiple knife wounds' to his chest and stomach. The police are treating it as a murder enquiry.

Hall, who was 53, founded his own agency in 1997, after previously setting up the first film, television and theatre department at AP Watt Ltd in 1984. Prior to that, he had worked as a manager at Greenwich Theatre and subsequently in publicity at Penguin Books.

Charlotte Mann, a co-director of the agency, paid tribute to her late colleague: "Rod was a wonderful, amazing man; a dear, loving and loyal friend and one of the most respected literary agents in the country. He was an inspiration to me in every way. I am devastated and will miss him terribly as, I know, will his clients."

- Mark Shenton