30th April 2016
Phone hacking at The Sun
The Sun is to feature in phone-hacking claims going forward after News Group Newspapers Limited lost in its attempt to have Sun-related articles struck out from one such claim.
Articles in The Sun and the News of the World, published by News Group Newspapers, can now be formally included by victims of phone hacking in their claims going forward, after the High Court decided that there was sufficient evidence to establish that phone hacking, surveillance and other related activities went on at The Sun. Hamlins acted as Lead Solicitors in making the successful application to amend the underlying document that phone-hacking victims may rely on in bringing a claim against News Group Newspapers Limited.
Hamlins obtained evidence to persuade the court that The Sun published stories that came about from phone hacking, surveillance, blagging and other related activities. Sun-related evidence included emails to and from Sun journalists containing explicit references to phone hacking. Geoff Webster, Associate Editor of The Sun and effectively third in command, is seen in one of the email chains to direct Greg Miskiw to continue hacking the voicemails of Heather Mills’ sister, Fiona Mills. Greg Miskiw pleaded guilty to conspiracy to intercept communications without lawful authority during the criminal trials involving News of the World. Sean Hoare’s emails from 2010, naming Sun journalists as being involved in phone hacking, were also read out in court. Sean Hoare blew the whistle on phone hacking prior to the Leveson Inquiry.
Sun articles (together with News of the World articles) may now be formally put before the court as evidence of phone hacking, surveillance and related activities as part of a claimant’s case.
Hamlins’ phone-hacking lawyers are due to return to court as Lead Solicitors for the phone-hacking trial against News of the World in June 2016. Sun-related disclosure will be the subject of a further hearing before the court next week.
Phone-hacking victims (including those notified by Operations Weeting, Pinetree and Golding) can discuss the matter further with Hamlins’ phone-hacking lawyers on: 020 7355 6000.