Mark Lewis, the solicitor who represented the head of the Professional Footballers Association, Gordon Taylor, in the News International phone hacking case, is considering taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police, the Press Complaints Commission and its chair Peta Buscombe.
In a unexpected addition to her speech at the Society of Editors conference last year, Buscombe cited police claims that Lewis’ evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport select committee was false [also see today’s main news story here]. Lewis, giving evidence to the committee’s inquiry into allegations of widespread phone hacking at News of the World, said detective sergeant Maberly had told him there were 6,000 people affected by phone hacking – but he was not clear if this was the number of phones, or whether it included the people who left messages on hacked phones.
Following Buscombe’s claims about his evidence, Lewis complained through numerous letters to the PCC. Lewis told Journalism.co.uk at yesterday’s CMS press briefing that his complaint with the PCC and the Met “was not over by a long shot yet” and that he may pursue legal action against both organisations.
When Journalism.co.uk previously contacted the PCC over Lewis’ complaints, the Commission did not wish to comment.
As reported by the Independent on Sunday, Lewis has asked for the police inquiry into phone hacking to be re-opened, headed by someone other than assistant commissioner John Yates – whose phone hacking evidence was today criticised by the CMS committee in its press standards, privacy and libel report.
- ‘Questions need answers’ from NotW, says PCC chair
- MediaGuardian: Alan Rusbridger resigns from PCC code committee
- PCC defends phone hacking report: ‘We can’t do things that the police can do’
- Will inquiries find PCC a chocolate teapot, or a serious ‘mediator’?
- Comment: Two outstanding questions over phone hacking