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As many as 25 phone-hacking cases against News International are to be heard jointly at the beginning of 2012, with five high-profile individuals acting as lead claimants.
Bindmans partner Tamsin Allen is co-ordinating the raft of firms acting for the group of claimants, with Matrix Chambers’ Hugh Tomlinson QC acting as lead counsel on the common issues.
While all 25 claimants are bringing the same case against the publisher of defunct tabloid News of the World, five lead claimants have been chosen because they are representative of the types of people who allege they were victims of phone hacking.
MP Chris Bryant, former footballer Paul Gascoigne, football agent Sky Andrew, actor Jude Law and interior designer Kelly Hoppen will lead the claim.
Each of the claimants has instructed their own solicitor, with Allen co-ordinating the advice in a bid to eliminate duplication.
Allen, who is also representing MP Tessa Jowell and former deputy prime minister John Prescott in connection with phone hacking, is acting for Bryant.
Gascoigne is represented by Steel & Shamash partner Gerald Shamash, Andrew has turned to Mishcon de Reya partner Charlotte Harris, and Law and Hoppen are being advised by Atkins Thompson Solicitors partner Mark Thompson.
The cases are due to be heard in London’s High Court in January. Other counsel involved include Jeremy Reed of Hogarth Chambers, David Sherbourne of 5RB and Sara Mansoori of Matrix.