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Jonathan Dixey successful on behalf of MPS in an application for disclosure of Glenn Mulcaire’s statement in the Voicemail Interception Litigation
Jonathan Dixey appears on behalf of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in the successful application for the disclosure of a statement made by Glenn Mulcaire in the Voicemail Interception Litigation.
On 30 July 2012 Mr Justice Vos heard an application by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis for the disclosure of a statement provided by Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator previously convicted of offences relating to the unlawful interception of voicemail messages, within proceedings brought by various claimants against him and News Group Newspapers Ltd. Mr Mulcaire had previously been ordered to name the individual(s) who instructed him to intercept the voicemails of Nicola Phillips, a claimant within the Voicemail Interception Litigation. Mr Mulcaire appealed against this order to the Court of Appeal ( EWCA Civ 48;  2 WLR 848) and ultimately the Supreme Court (2012] UKSC 28) in a case which concerned the privilege against self-incrimination.
Mr Justice Vos held that the claimant could disclose the statement to the Metropolitan Police Service notwithstanding CPR 31.12 which would have otherwise have prevented the statement and the information it contained being supplied to the investigating authorities. In applying case law from the family courts, Mr Justice Vos agreed that the balance lay in favour of disclosing the statement to the MPS.
The application was widely reported in the media:
Jonathan continues to act for the MPS in various aspects of the Voicemail Interception Litigation and on matters related to the MPS’ ongoing investigations under the auspices of Operations Weeting, Elveden and Tuleta. Jonathan accepts instructions in all 5 Essex Court’s main practice areas.