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.
Francis Aldhouse, solicitor, worked as deputy to the first Information Commissioner (formerly Data Protection Registrar) from 1985 to 2006. Gave evidence on his involvement in Operation Motorman during that time.
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.
Divisional managing partner at law firm Lewis Silkin specialising in intellectual-property, advertising and marketing, privacy and data-protection, regulatory and reputation-management work. Crown represented the Bowles family at the Inquiry in relation to unwanted and invasive media attention following the death of their 11-year-old son in a coach accident that killed him and 27 others.
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.
Had been a reporter at the Sunday Mirror for 6 years at the time of the Inquiry. Before that, he had been with the Lancashire Evening Post and received a number of awards for undercover work and investigations. In 2009, he was the subject of a "sting" when a documentary film apparently revealed him willing to buy confidential celebrity medical records. Owens told the Inquiry that he did not take the offer very seriously, no documents were obtained and no story was published.
English barrister, a founding member of Matrix Chambers, and a prominent English translator of the philosopher Gilles Deleuze. Tomlinson, a specialist in media and information law including defamation, confidence, privacy and data protection, gave testimony to the Inquiry calling for the establishment of a Media Standards Authority (MSA). This would be a voluntary body whose members would be given significant legal incentives and would replace the existing Press Complaints Commission.
Lawyer, partner and Head of Media and Information Law at Bindmans LLP. Represented around 70 Core Participants in the Leveson Inquiry, including Hugh Grant, Jude Law, Charlotte Church and Gerry and Kate McCann. Specialises in defamation and privacy law, information and data protection law, copyright and human rights law.
Formed 2002. The world’s largest independent cancer-research charity, aiming to reduce the number of deaths from the disease by conducting research on prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The organisation is funded through donations, fundraising and partnerships and with the help of their 40,000 regular volunteers. Gave evidence with Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and the Wellcome Trust on the importance of accurate and responsible reporting of science.
Centre-left political party in the UK, including social-democratic, democratic-socialist and trade-unionist outlooks. Harriet Harman QC MP presented the party's written evidence for the future of the press, presenting comprehensive options. She identified two deep-rooted problems: lack of redress for complaints and concentration of ownership. Summarised three options and the party's views on their strengths and weaknesses: a contractual system under a new PCC, a voluntary system with incentives, and statutory arrangements (for which, she said, a YouGov poll found 62 per cent support).
British multinational founded by entrepreneurs Sir Richard Branson and Nik Powell. Among other businesses, it operates the airline Virgin Atlantic. Virgin was asked to give evidence relating to a story in The Guardian on 5 April 2012 that in 2010 a Virgin Atlantic employee had leaked confidential information about a number of celebrities to the agency Big Pictures.
WAPI offered evidence as a professional investigator body, helping members of the public, the legal profession and business and corporate clients to find credible professional investigators. Submitted documentation of its conferences and work with clients.