In the wake of the Government’s cancellation of the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, Steven Heffer, Head of Media and Privacy at law firm Collyer Bristow, and a leading lawyer for victims of phone-hacking, comments:

“It is astonishing that the government is abandoning it promises to victims of the phone-hacking scandal.”

“In 2012, David Cameron made personal promises to the victims of press abuse that the government would implement Leveson. It is a huge disappointment to them that this government has now dropped that completely.”

“At the time of Part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry, the government accepted that the system of press regulation was badly broken. Precious little has changed since then, but the government is now content to walk away without fixing it.”

“Part 2 of Leveson should have been a crucial part of examining unlawful actions by media organisations, and improper relationships between journalists and the police. Instead, the whole affair will be swept under the carpet.”

Collyer Bristow acted for all the core participant victims in Part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry.