Lord Neuberger to decide if phone-hacking NoW journalists should be named

The Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger is to decide whether Glenn Mulcaire, the man at the heart of the New of the World (NoW) phone hacking scandal, must disclose the names of journalists who instructed him to hack into voicemail messages.

Lord Neuberger
Lord Neuberger

In November Mr Justice Mann ordered Mulcaire to disclose any information relevant to the claim being brought by Nicola Phillips, a former employee of Max Clifford’s company, against NoW.

Mulcaire was jailed in 2007 for his involvement in trying to intercept voicemail messages left for royal aides at the request of the tabloid newspaper. The revelations led to the resignation of then editor Andy Coulson. Coulson recently stood down as the Conservative Party’s communications chief.

News International has settled a series of claims brought against it by high profile individuals who have all claimed breach of privacy.

Russell Jones & Walker partner Sarah Webb has instructed 5RB’s Alexandra Marzec to represent Mulcaire at the appeal.

Hogarth Chambers’ Alastair Wilson QC has been instructed by Taylor Hampton for the claimant, Phillips.

Earlier this week, Neuberger MR handed down judgment in JIH v News Group Newspapers, giving an insight into how the judiciary  should balance the conflicting notions of freedom of expression and right to privacy (2 February 2011).