Submitted in response to written requests from the Inquiry, usually providing lists of questions to be answered. In most cases these formed the basis of questioning in public sessions, but in some cases they were read into the record (or taken as read) and the witness did not appear in person.
Given by witnesses invited by the Inquiry, normally after they have made written statements. These sessions could be viewed live online and sometimes on television news services, and the video recordings are part of the archive. The statements were usually released to the public after the public sessions.
General Counsel and Company Secretary at Everything Everywhere (EE) at time of the Inquiry and responsible for legal, regulatory and compliance matters within the company. Both T-Mobile and Orange are owned by EE. Gave evidence on historic requests and responses concerning hacking and accessing messages of phones.
Brady spoke for Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited as General Counsel and Director of HR and External Affairs. The statement responded to allegations in a newspaper that a member of Virgin staff had in 2010 leaked confidential information about a number of celebrities to the press.
Former chief executive of Security Industry Authority industry, the private-security industry regulator, from 2009 until his retirement in 2015. Previously held post of director of corporate services at the Gambling Commission.
Barrister with specialist experience in data protection, privacy, freedom of information, planning/development and electoral law. Gave "Opinion Evidence" on the Data Protection Act 1988 and the protection of personal privacy.
Telecommunications and internet technology-policy expert. Gave evidence to the Inquiry as Head of Global Public Policy at Twitter.
Head of fraud and security at Telefónica 02 phone company. Gorham answered the Inquiry’s questions on how mobile-phone voicemails could be accessed remotely and the security arrangements in place in 2005 and 2006 when a series of phone-hacking scandals emerged.
At the time of the Inquiry, Executive Board Member of Ofcom. Together with Steve Unger, he submitted an Ofcom study on the importance of media plurality. Recommended that Government consider how to strike the right balance between promoting plurality and encouraging economically sustainable news-media organisations.
Professor of Journalism in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London. Formerly a journalist working for national newspapers, magazines, TV and radio and co-author of Changing Journalism (2011). Offered evidence on the teaching of ethical journalism.
English Solicitor and Head of Reputation Management Practice at Farrer & Co. Advised News International and its forerunners for some 25 years until 2011. He told the Inquiry that he had realised in 2008 that the NI "one rogue reporter" defence was not credible. He confirmed that his firm had not been asked to advise NI on retaining private investigators or on the legality of paying police officers.
Thomson represented Hugh Grant and his partner Tinglan Hong in the phone-hacking and harassment cases against the News of the World. Thomson represented numerous other victims of the phone-hacking scandal who were subsequently awarded damages for media intrusion and invasion of privacy. Told the Inquiry that it was his strong view that the PCC had failed to enforce improved press standards and, significantly, had no power of "prior restraint".
British non-profit organisation providing training to journalists, researchers, producers and students in the practice and methodology of investigative journalism. Asked the Inquiry to advise on ways of helping good journalism, and recommended instituting a public interest defence and not imposing "prior notification" rules.
Founded 1884. Professional association for journalists and is the senior such body in the UK, and the oldest in the world. It was founded as the National Association of Journalists, to promote and advance the common interests of the profession of journalism.
Global risk and control management expert and Group Head of Information Risk Management at Barclays Bank at the time of the Inquiry.
Early Resolution CIC was set up as a not-for-profit company by Sir Charles Gray, retired high-court libel judge, and Alastair Brett, former legal manager of The Times and Sunday Times, to help litigants locked in libel disputes resolve differences quickly, fairly and cost-effectively.
Managing Director of BT Security at the Inquiry. Gave evidence on two kinds of "social engineering": calls to BT Customer Contact Centres purporting to be from account holders in order to obtain personal information; and fraudulent calls to BT employees purporting to be from fellow BT employees, where the intention was to obtain confidential information. He also gave evidence on data protection.
Business specialist in media and telecommunications. Meek held board-level roles at Ofcom from 2003 to 2007 as senior partner for content and competition. Meek founded Communications Chambers, a group of senior communications-industry professionals, providing public policy and strategic advice to the industry. Gave evidence on the role of Ofcom in the light of new media technologies.
Head of Regional Fraud Risk Europe at HSBC Bank. Responsible for all aspects of fraud prevention, investigation, on-line fraud monitoring, as well as the analytical and technical response to all emerging threats. He is also a member of the Cabinet Office Counter Fraud Task Force. He was asked at the Inquiry whether his financial institution had been targeted by people trying to “blag” confidential information.
Owner of the luxury residential spa chain Champneys, which became controversial after it was revealed that the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson had enjoyed a 20-night stay while recovering from an operation and that Neil Wallis, the former Executive Editor of the News of the World arrested (and later cleared) as part of the phone-hacking scandal, had worked as a PR for both Champneys and the Met. Purdew told the Inquiry that he was unaware of any relationship between the two men.
Independent investigative website launched in 2010 combining television programmes with journalism. Took its name from the Rebecca Riots, which took place in South and Mid Wales in the 19th century, and edited by Paddy French, who approached the Leveson Inquiry because he believed the News of the World reporter Mazher Mahmood had exaggerated the number of prosecutions arising from his exposures in his book Confessions of a Fake Sheikh.
Corporate and insurance law firm headquartered in London with offices in Bristol, Singapore and Hong Kong. Represented several of the witnesses and participants in the Inquiry, including the Press Board of Finance.