The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has found that Farrer & Co Solicitor Julian Pike did not commit professional conduct when he advised his client News International to arrange the surveillance of two lawyers acting for victims of phone-hacking (understood to be Mark Lewis and Charlotte Harris). At the time Mr Harris was defending phone-hacking claims for his client.
The country’s highest court has refused MGN Limited permission to appeal the decision in Representative Claimants -v- Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd  EWCA Civ 1291 – the Court of Appeal’s decision regarding the appropriate level of damages in eight phone-hacking ‘test cases’. This decision itself was an unsuccessful appeal by MGN against the High Court decision in Gulatti & Ors v MGN Limited  EWHC 1482
The High Court on 22 January 2015 heard that a number of celebrities (including Cilla Black, Darren Day, Peter Andre and Jessie Wallace) had settled their claims against the Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) for phone hacking that was alleged to have taken place between 2000 and 2006. The claims for misuse of private information related to the “widespread and habitual practice of voicemail interception” conducted by the newspapers involved.
Trinity Mirror, the parent company of the publisher of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror has admitted liability for phone hacking and agreed to pay damages to Shane Richie, Lucy Benjamin, Alan Yentob and Shobna Gualti.