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Blair begins phone hacking proceedings

23rd February 2012

It has been announced that Cherie Booth QC, the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, has begun legal action against News Group Newspapers and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was jailed the year the couple left Downing Street.

The founder of Matrix Chambers joins a number of other high-profile public figures to have accused the News of the World newspaper, which was closed by News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch last year, of unlawfully gaining access to private voicemails.  

Those tasked with acting for the defendants seem to have been surprised by the action; News Group Newspapers declined to comment, and the partner expected to represent Mulcaire admitted she had only just received notice that the case was to be submitted.

Booth, who became a barrister in 1976 so is no stranger to the workings of legal proceedings and solicitor jobs in London, has filed the lawsuit in the High Court’s Chancery Division.