Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

News of the World Pays Clifford [Pounds Sterling]1m to Drop His Phone Tapping Case

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

News of the World Pays Clifford [Pounds Sterling]1m to Drop His Phone Tapping Case

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Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent

CELEBRITY PR agent Max Clifford has been paid more than [pounds sterling]1 million to drop a court case against the News of the World after his mobile phone was tapped.

Other public figures whose phones were tapped could now be tempted to mount similar legal action against the tabloid, Mr Clifford's solicitor told the Standard today.

Any such moves would embarrass Andy Coulson, director of communications for Tory leader David Cameron, who quit as News of the World editor in 2007 after the scandal was exposed.

Charlotte Harris, of JMW solicitors, said there were strong grounds for future challenges after the judge in the Clifford case ordered a private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, to reveal all the people he worked with at the News of the World.

She said: "Public figures have now become alert to the fact that private information may have been intercepted, including their mobile telephone messages. …

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