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Well-known names to settle phone hacking damages

A number of high profile phone-hacking cases are to be settled at the High Court today.

It is the latest in a series of case management conferences, ahead of a hearing in June.

At that time, compensation will be assessed in any outstanding claims for the second wave of the litigation.

Sienna Miller was the first to publicly settle her privacy and harassment claim Credit: /Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Agreed statements of around 15 claimants could be read out to Mr Justice Vos today, with an estimated 160 claims on the register, and more coming forward.

Actress Sienna Miller was the first to publicly settle her privacy and harassment claim, for £100,000, in June 2011, with her ex Jude Law receiving the highest pay out so far, with compensation of £130,000.

Detective on trial over News of the World leaks accusations

The News of the World shut down in July 2011 at the height of the phone hacking scandal. Credit: PA

The trial of a senior counter-terrorism detective accused of passing information to the News of the World is due to begin today.

Det Chief Insp April Casburn, 53, is accused of offering the now-defunct tabloid information about Operation Varec, the investigation into whether Scotland Yard's inquiry into phone hacking should be reopened.

She is due to appear at Southwark Crown Court today on one count of misconduct in public office, which she denies.

The trial is expected to take a week.

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Lawyer for phone hacking victims welcomes Leveson report

David Sherborne, who represents the core participant victims of phone hacking, said his clients welcome the findings and recommendations of the Leveson report.

He said the report included a "clear recognition of widespread failings in the culture, ethics and standard of the press and the devastating consequences this has had for the victims".

He said that the report calls for a regulatory system with "real teeth" and called on the current parliament to implement its recommendations.

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks to appear in court today

David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks are due to appear in court today to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

The pair are due at the Old Bailey with five other journalists from the now-defunct tabloid the News of the World, as well as private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is due to appear in court today. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former reporter James Weatherup are also facing charges.

The seven former NotW staff face one general accusation of conspiracy to access voicemails, that prosecutors say could affect up to 600 victims, along with other charges related to specific people.

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Hacking inquiry: Eight face a total of 19 charges

The eight charged in relation to phone hacking will face a total of 19 charges.

In addition to the charges against Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson:

  • Stuart Kuttner faces three counts of conspiracy to intercept communications, relating to the voicemails of victims who include Milly Dowler and David Blunkett.
  • Greg Miskiw faces 10 counts, with victims including Sven-Goran Eriksson, Wayne Rooney and Delia Smith.
  • Ian Edmonson faces 12 counts, with victims including Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, Lord Prescott and Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller.
  • Neville Thurlbeck faces eight counts, with victims including David Blunkett and Charles Clarke, plus Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
  • James Weatherup faces eight counts, with victims including Wayne Rooney.
  • For legal reasons, Glenn Mulcaire won't face the charge of conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority. However, he faces four charges relating to victims including Milly Dowler and Delia Smith.

Who are they accused of hacking?

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed that Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are among eight who face charges relating to phone hacking.

All, with the exception of Glenn Mulcaire, will be charged with conspiring to intercept voicemails without legal authority.

In addition, Rebekah Brooks learned she will face two further charges of conspiracy unlawfully to intercept communications. The first relates to the voicemails of the late schoolgirl Milly Dowler, while the second relates to the voicemails of Andrew Gilchrist.

Andy Coulson faces four additional charges, relating to Milly Dowler, model Calum Best and former Cabinet ministers David Blunkett and Charles Clarke.

It was also revealed that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were among the victims or group of victims for which James Weatherup and Neville Thurlbeck will stand further charges.

CPS to consider cases of five journalists in hacking probe

Scotland Yard has handed the Crown Prosecution Service files on five journalists for charging advice in relation to Operation Weeting, the force's investigation into phone hacking.

The files all relate to allegations of offences under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, the CPS said.

We are not prepared to discuss the identities of those involved or the alleged offences in any greater detail at this stage as a number of related investigations are ongoing.

We are unable to give any timescale for charging decisions, except to say that these cases are being considered very carefully and thoroughly, and the decisions will be made as soon as is practicable.

– CPS spokesperson
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