Taylor Hampton secures NightJack payout from Linklaters client The Times

Taylor Hampton consultant Patrick Daulby has secured a £42,500 damages payout from the The Times newspaper for NightJack blogger Richard Horton.

Michael Silverleaf QC
Michael Silverleaf QC

The newspaper’s publishers, Times Newspapers, instructed a Linklaters team led by commercial litigation partner Christa Band and global litigation head Michael Bennett and associate Emily Cox. Their instructed counsel was Michael Silverleaf QC of 11 South Square Chambers. Band and Silverleaf are instructed as advisers for News International on all outstanding phone-hacking claims against it, having replaced Olswang (15 March 2012).

Daulby, Taylor Hampton consultant Mark Lewis and Hogarth Chambers’ Jeremy Reed ensured the payout for Lancashire detective Richard Horton, who was exposed by The Times as the author of the anonymous NightJack police blog when a reporter hacked into his personal email account in 2009 (13 April 2012).

The costs to be paid by The Times, which are yet to be confirmed, are expected to be six figures, The Lawyer understands.

Horton claimed aggravated and exemplary damages from Times Newspapers for breach of confidence, misuse of private information and deceit.

Reed has been involved in several phone-hacking cases including acting for former footballer Paul Gascoigne, actor Steve Coogan and politician George Galloway in phone-hacking claims against the News of the World and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

Last year it emerged that former The Times reporter Patrick Foster had admitted to bosses that he had hacked into Horton’s private email account before publication and that the paper had not made the High Court aware of that when it succeeded in overturning an injunction preventing it from naming NightJack.

A criminal investigation is ongoing. Alastair Brett, the former legal chief at The Times, has been interviewed under caution by police investigating allegations of computer hacking in relation to the NightJack case (21 September 2012). He is being represented by Corker Binning associate Anna Rothwell.

In an article published in today’s The Times, the paper confirmed it had agreed to pay Horton damages plus legal costs.

The email hacking emerged in evidence given by The Times editor James Harding to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards.