July 4th 2012
Glen Mulcaire the private investigator at the centre of the phone hacking scandal has today been told he must reveal the names of his contacts at the former tabloid newspaper the New of the World. He has lost his appeal and must now adhere to a High Court Order and supply all information to the solicitors acting for Nicola Phillips, the former personal assistant to Max Clifford.
Nicola Phillips is one of many high profile celebrities who have or are currently suing the News of the World for illegally hacking into voicemail messages. Its is expected that Mulcaire will now provide a statement before the end of July.
The private detective confirmed in a statement today “I will consider with my lawyers what the wider implications of this judgement are, if and when I am asked to answer any questions in other cases.
Nicola Phillips added ‘todays judgement will benefit a significant number of other claimants who are seeking similar information and will crystallise the law on the privilege of self-incrimination.
Glen Mulcaire, who has already served a prison sentence together with Clive Goodman the New of the World’s former Royal editor.
Today’s Supreme Court Ruling will no doubt ensure the phone hacking scandal will still be big news on a national and international basis for a very long time. It may also bring further risks of another jail term being served by the private investigator.
Since the demise of the News of the World the phone hacking scandal has forced the private investigation industry in to the public limelight and has caused ministers to look in to how private investigators in the UK can have some sort of regulation.
It has caused some debate within the industry as to how licensing or regulation should be implemented and what criteria should be in place for this to happen. The close protection industry is regulated by the Security Industry Authority and all close protection officers are required to hold a current SIA licence. Perhaps something similar to this is what the private investigation sector should look at.