Lawyers prepare for court showdown as NotW hacking charges revealed

Kingsley Napley, DLA Piper and Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) have been instructed to represent eight senior journalists and executives charged over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

Until now News International has managed to avoid the civil courts, aiming to settle all claims relating to the fallout (19 January 2012).

This morning the Crown Prosecution Service said eight people, including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, would face a 19 charges for their part in the scandal.

Brooks, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, has instructed Kingsley Napley partners Stephen Parkinson and Angus McBride (15 May 2012), while Coulson has turned to DLA Piper partner Jo Rickards (31 May 2012). Former Peters & Peters partner Rickards (15 February 2010) has represented Coulson throughout the ongoing fallout from the revelations, including his fight to have News Group parent News International pay his legal fees (26 September 2011).

RJW business crime and regulation head Rod Fletcher has been instructed to act for private investigator Glenn Mulcaire throughout the criminal investigations. Fletcher’s former RJW colleague, Payne Hicks Beach partner Sarah Webb, has represented Mulcaire throughout the civil legal battles (5 July 2012).

Simons Muirhead & Burton partner Anthony Burton is instructed for former managing editor Stuart Kuttner. The firm also acted for News Group Newspapers last year when partner Louis Charalambous fought off Ryan Giggs bid for damages over the tabloid’s reporting on his alleged affair with Imogen Thomas (2 March 2012).

PSB Law partner Eddie Parladorio, a former Schillings partner, is instructed for former news editor Ian Edmonson, while former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck has turned to Henri Brandman of Henri Brandman & Co. The last time Brandman was in the news he was representing West Ham in the fight over the Olympic stadium (24 August 2011).

It is not confirmed who former news editor Greg Miskiw and former reporter James Weatherup have instructed.

Rebekah Brooks
Rebekah Brooks

All but Mulcaire face allegations of conspiracy to intercept voicemails between 3 October 2000 to 9 August 2006, with a CPS statement revealing there are 600 alleged victims on the charge sheet.

In a statement, Brook said: “I am not guilty of these charges. I did not authorise, nor was I aware of, phone hacking under my editorship. I am distressed and angry that the CPS have reached this decision when they knew all the facts and were in a position to stop the case at this stage.

“The charge concerning Milly Dowler is particularly upsetting not only as it is untrue but also because I have spent my journalistic career campaigning for victims of crime. I will vigorously defend these allegations.”

All will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

As well as the overall conspiracy charge, each defendant will face further charges of conspiracy to unlawfully intercept communications.

The charges are:

Rebekah Brooks will face two additional charges:

  • the first relates to the voicemails of the late Milly Dowler

  • the second to the voicemails of Andrew Gilchrist 

Andrew Coulson will face four additional charges, relating to the following victims:

  • Milly Dowler

  • the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

  • the Rt Hon Charles Clarke, and

  • Calum Best 

Stuart Kuttner will face two additional charges, relating to:

  • Milly Dowler and

  • the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP 

Greg Miskiw will face nine further charges, relating to the following victims or groups of victims:

  • Milly Dowler

  • Sven-Goran Eriksson

  • Abigail Titmuss and John Leslie

  • Andrew Gilchrist

  • the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

  • Delia Smith

  • the Rt Hon Charles Clarke

  • Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller, and

  • Wayne Rooney 

Ian Edmondson will face a further eleven charges, relating to the following victims or groups of victims:

  • the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

  • the Rt Hon Charles Clarke

  • Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller

  • Mark Oaten

  • Wayne Rooney

  • Calum Best

  • the Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP and David Mills

  • the Rt Hon Lord Prescott

  • Professor John Tulloch

  • Lord Frederick Windsor

  • Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills 

Neville Thurlbeck will face a further seven charges in relation to the following victims or groups of victims:

  • Milly Dowler

  • Sven-Goran Eriksson

  • the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

  • the Rt Hon Charles Clarke

  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

  • Mark Oaten

  • the Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP and David Mills

James Weatherup will face a further seven charges in relation to the following victims or groups of victims:

  • the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

  • the Rt Hon Charles Clarke

  • Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller

  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

  • Wayne Rooney

  • the Rt Hon Lord Prescott

  • Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills 

For legal reasons, Glenn Mulcaire does not face the first of these charges. However, he will face four charges, relating to:

  • Milly Dowler

  • Andrew Gilchrist

  • Delia Smith, and

  • the Rt Hon Charles Clarke 

Charges in full:

  1. CHARGE 1: Rebekah Brooks, Andrew Coulson, Stuart Kuttner, Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup, between the 3 October 2000 and the 9 August 2006 conspired together, and with Glenn Mulcaire and Clive Goodman and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of well-known people and those associated with them, including but not limited to those whose names appear on schedule 1.

  2. CHARGE 2: Rebekah Brooks, Andrew Coulson, Stuart Kuttner, Glenn Mulcaire, Greg Miskiw and Neville Thurlbeck, between the 9 April 2002 and the 21 April 2002, conspired together and with persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Amanda Dowler, also known as Milly Dowler.

  3. CHARGE 3: Greg Miskiw and Neville Thurlbeck, between 13t May 2002 and the 29 June 2006, conspired together and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Sven-Goran Eriksson and persons associated with Sven-Goran Eriksson, including Faria Alam.

  4. CHARGE 4: Greg Miskiw between the 22 October 2002 and the 21 July 2006, conspired with Glenn Mulcaire and with persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Abigail Titmuss and John Leslie and those associated with Abigail Titmuss and John Leslie, including Matthew McGuiness.

  5. CHARGE 5: Rebekah Brooks, Glenn Mulcaire and Greg Miskiw, between the 3 December 2002 and the 22 January 2003, conspired together and with persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Andrew Gilchrist.

  6. CHARGE 6: Andrew Coulson, Stuart Kuttner, Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup, between the 1 January 2004 and the 29 July 2006, conspired together and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of persons associated with The Right Honourable David Blunkett MP, including some or all of the following: Kimberley Quinn, Sally King (nee Anderson), Andrew King, John Anderson and Jason Carey

  7. CHARGE 7: Glenn Mulcaire and Greg Miskiw, between the 28 February 2005 and the 12 March 2005 conspired together and with persons unknown to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Delia Smith and of persons associated with Delia Smith, including Michael Wynn-Jones and Ian Christmas.

  8. CHARGE 8: Andrew Coulson, Glenn Mulcaire, Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup, between the 6 April 2005 and the 22 June 2005, conspired together and with persons unknown to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of persons associated with The Right Honourable Charles Clarke, who included either or both of the following: Hannah Pawlby and Lucy Pawlby. 

  9. CHARGE 9: Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson and James Weatherup between the 1 July 2005 and the 1 June 2006, conspired together, and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of  Jude Law and persons associated with Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller, who included some or all of the following:  Jade Schmidt, Archie Keswick and Ben Jackson.

  10. CHARGE 10: Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup, between the 5 July 2005 and the 4 May 2006, conspired together, and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of persons associated with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who included Eunice Huthart. 

  11. CHARGE 11: Ian Edmondson and Neville Thurlbeck, between the 9 January 2006 and the 6 May 2006, conspired together and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Mark Oaten.

  12. CHARGE 12: Ian Edmondson and James Weatherup, between the 17 January 2006 and the 1 August 2006, conspired together, and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Wayne Rooney and persons associated with Wayne Rooney, who included either or both of the following: Laura Jane Rooney and Patricia Tierney. 

  13. CHARGE 13: Greg Miskiw, between the 17 January 2006 and 1 August 2006  conspired with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Wayne Rooney and persons associated with Wayne Rooney, who included either or both of the following: Laura Jane Rooney and Patricia Tierney.

  14. CHARGE 14: Andrew Coulson and Ian Edmondson, between the 23 March 2006 and the 21st  day of May 2006, conspired together and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Calum Best.

  15. CHARGE 15: Ian Edmondson and Neville Thurlbeck between the 2 March 2006 and the 26 July 2006, conspired with Greg Mulcaire and with persons unknown to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of The Right Honourable Dame Tessa Jowell MP and David Mills. 

  16. CHARGE 16: Ian Edmondson and James Weatherup, between the 24 April 2006 and the 22 June 2006, conspired together and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of persons associated with The Right Honourable Lord Prescott, who included some or all of the following: Tracey Temple, Joan Hammell and Alan Schofield.

  17. CHARGE 17: Ian Edmondson, between the 25 April 2006 and the 15 May 2006, conspired with Glenn Mulcaire and with persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Professor John Tulloch and persons associated with Professor John Tulloch, who included some or all of the following: John Davies, Maire Messenger Davies and Janet Andrew.

  18. CHARGE 18: Ian Edmondson, between the 25 April 2006 and the 1 2006, conspired with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Lord Fredrick Windsor.

  19. CHARGE 19: Ian Edmondson and James Weatherup, between the 15 May 2006 and the 29June 2006, conspired together and with Glenn Mulcaire and with persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, and of persons associated with Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, including some or all of the following: Fiona Mills, Stuart Bell, Alan Edwards and Chris Terrill.