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Payne Hicks Beach partner Sarah Webb began advising private investigator Glenn Mulcaire when she was a partner at Russell Jones & Walker. She moved to private client firm Payne Hicks in February this year, taking her clients with her (The Lawyer, 7 February).
Working on both the claimant and defendant sides, in the past Webb has been instructed in cases against The Sun, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail.
Questions had been raised about who was paying Mulcaire’s legal fees. Last week Murdoch confirmed that News International had picked up the tab, but that it would not continue to do so.
Webb is a tough negotiator with a thick skin. She has spent most of the year working for Mulcaire, responding to the court order that forced him to disclose papers about his activities.