Police question Linklaters partner John Turnbull over phone hacking probe

The Metropolitan Police have questioned Linklaters litigation partner John Turnbull on behalf of News UK as part of the ongoing phone hacking investigation.

Turnbull was first instructed to advise News Corp’s management and standards committee (MSC) in July 2011, after it was set up with a mandate to co-ordinate the phone hacking investigations (21 July 2011). 

News UK, which was formerly branded News International, has now been named as a ’corporate suspect’ by Scotland Yard, which has launched an “active investigation” into the corporate liabilities of the newspaper group, according to The Independent. Turnbull was questioned under caution on behalf of the client earlier this year.

The MSC is responsible for all matters related to the News of the World (NoW) phone-hacking scandal and payments made to the police, including police inquiries and the public inquiry led by Lord Justice Leveson (13 July 2011).

Following it’s appointment to the MCS, Linklaters succeeded  Olswang as sole advisers to News International on the phone hacking scandal (15 March 2012). Partner Christa Band has led negotiations on settling the claims alongside 11 South Square’s Michael Silverleaf QC.

Earlier this year journalists from The Sun called into question Linklaters’ approach to the investigation, saying that they had grown “deeply suspicious” of the firm’s role in their arrests connected to payments to police or public officials (4 July 2013).

Linklaters declined to comment.