Rebekah Brooks and co seek to recoup £20m in legal fees
Publish date: 28 August 2014
Issue Number: 3585
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Rebekah Brooks and her co-defendants in the phone-hacking trial are looking to recoup between £20m and £25m in legal fees from the taxpayer following their acquittal on all charges, notes a report in The Guardian.
At least £5m in fees relate to Brooks' defence. The trial, which involved 22 barristers, about 40 solicitors from six law firms, three full-time court staff and more than 60 witnesses, was labelled by the presiding judge, Justice Saunders, as 'probably the most expensive case in the country'. Brooks, who was cleared of all charges, paid for her own defence, but Rupert Murdoch's News Corp was contractually obliged to pay for the defence of four remaining defendants. Brooks funded her legal battle out of a £16.1m severance deal she secured when she resigned as News International's CE in July 2011. She was cleared of four charges by the jury in relation to phone hacking, corrupt payments to public officials and an allegation that she conspired to pervert the course of justice, the report states. Full report in The Guardian