25 Jul, 2011

The Law Society has expressed grave concern after claims by solicitors that their phones may have been hacked by the News of the World, perhaps in an attempt to undermine their legal claims against the newspaper.


The Society has been contacted by members of the profession who police have notified about possible criminal activity.


Des Hudson, Chief Executive of the Law Society, said: “Hacking into solicitors’ phones would be very serious indeed, and we urge the police to carry out a full investigation.


“If hacking was carried out with the intention of undermining court action, it might well constitute an attempt to pervert the course of justice, which is a serious criminal offence.


“In any event, it is a shocking breach of the privacy of both solicitors and their clients.


“The extent of the phone hacking scandal has already shown a blatant disregard for the privacy of individuals and the Law Society urges the police to investigate these claims with the utmost vigour.”


“I will also be writing to Lord Justice Leveson asking him to investigate these allegations.”


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