London lawyers are finding a new source of work as a result of the ever-expanding phone-hacking scandal. Firm after firm, lawyer after lawyer are being briefed to represent the platoons of indicted journalists, executives, private eyes and others.
And some of the firms are finding their clients are facing high profile criminal charges. Today the Crown Prosecution Service said eight people, including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, would face a 19 charges for their part in the phone hacking scandal.
Eight indicted journalists have instructed Kingsley Napley, DLA Piper and Russell Jones & Walker.
Rebekah Brooks has instructed Kingsley Napley partners Stephen Parkinson and Angus McBride, reports The Lawyer, while Coulson has turned to DLA Piper partner Jo Rickards.
Says The Lawyer: “Former Peters & Peters partner Rickards has represented Coulson throughout the ongoing fallout from the revelations, including his fight to have News Group parent News International pay his legal fees.
“RJW business crime and regulation head Rod Fletcher has been instructed to act for private investigator Glenn Mulcaire throughout the criminal investigations. Fletcher’s former RJW colleague, Payne Hicks Beach partner Sarah Webb, has represented Mulcaire throughout the civil legal battles (5 July 2012).
“Simons Muirhead & Burton partner Anthony Burton is instructed for former managing editor Stuart Kuttner. The firm also acted for News Group Newspapers last year when partner Louis Charalambous fought off Ryan Giggs bid for damages over the tabloid’s reporting on his alleged affair with Imogen Thomas.
“PSB Law partner Eddie Parladorio, a former Schillings partner, is instructed for former news editor Ian Edmonson, while former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck has turned to Henri Brandman of Henri Brandman & Co. The last time Brandman was in the news he was representing West Ham in the fight over the Olympic stadium.”
The News Corp hacking scandal will doubtless continue to claim scalps and involve an increasing number of London law firms in its wake.