PRESS RELEASE: Phone hacking victims take claims to High Court

30 Mar 2017
  • Victims left with no alternative following closure of compensation scheme
  • Claimants include David Tennant, Eddie Irvine, Fran Cutler, Jess Morris, Sophia Myles, Tanya Frayne and Rob Gros 

Nine victims in the News of the World phone hacking scandal, represented by leading law firm Collyer Bristow, will be issuing claims for compensation in the High Court today.

Claimants include David Tennant, Eddie Irvine, Fran Cutler, Jess Morris, Tanya Frayne, Sophia Myles and Rob Gros.

News of the World have previously admitted and apologised for hacking into the voicemails of a number of high-profile individuals. They opened a compensation scheme in 2011 as an alternative to litigation but announced after less than 18 months of operation that it would be closing in relation to any applications received after 8 April 2013.

Steven Heffer, Partner at Collyer Bristow, who is acting on behalf of the claimants, comments:

“My firm continues to act for a number of clients with claims against News Group arising out of phone hacking and other unlawful activities.”

“News Group withdrew its compensation scheme in 2013, giving no proper explanation for this move and has failed to compensate victims despite all attempts by lawyers to settle cases out of court.”

“My clients have been left with no alternative but to issue claims in the High Court, and a number of other firms have done so this week. News Group has refused to provide disclosure of its wrongdoing forcing victims into court.”

Collyer Bristow have now acted for over 200 victims of hacking and unlawful surveillance.  

Press contacts:

Steven Heffer

Partner, Collyer Bristow

Tel:+44 (0)20 7468 7211

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Nick Mattison or Courtney Sanford

Mattison Public Relations

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