A week after James Murdoch implied that his lawyers had failed to inform him about the extent of Hackgate, Tom Crone resigned from the company.
A stalwart of the Fleet Street legal set, Crone is highly regarded in media circles and is seen as a tough negotiator.
In 2007 he told a parliamentary select committee examining the hacking claims: “I tasked myself with finding out what exactly had happened, what was known [and] who knew what other documents there might be. At no stage during their investigation or our investigation did any evidence arise that the problem of accessing by our reporters, or complicity of accessing by our reporters, went beyond the Goodman/Mulcaire situation.”
It is this evidence that is now being called into question by the news group.