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.
Actor, comedian, victim of phone hacking by the News of the World and a leading figure in legal actions against the newspaper. He told the Leveson Inquiry that "lurid" details of his private life appeared in the News of the World after he was set up by that paper's former editor. Coogan gave extensive evidence of intrusive stalking and photographing by the Daily Mirror and Sunday Times. He said he had witnessed journalists rummaging through his rubbish bins. He had also been the victim of several kiss-and-tell stories and detailed how the women in question had been fooled and sometimes bribed into giving stories. At the heart of the problem, he thought, was the lack of accountability on the part of the editors and owners.
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".
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.
Pressure group established in 2011 by Prof Brian Cathcart and Dr Martin Moore to campaign for a free and accountable press. It seeks to give a voice to the views of victims of press abuses and provided support to many Core Participant Victims at the Inquiry.
British journalist and campaigner. Goldsmith (previously known by her married name Khan) established the Jemima Khan Afghan Refugee Appeal to provide tents, clothing, food and healthcare for Afghan refugees at Jalozai camp in Peshawar and became an Ambassador for UNICEF UK in 2001. She gave a statement to the Inquiry based on allegations of hacking of her former partner, Hugh Grant.
Production assistant working with Warner Bros, identified as the "plummy-voiced" English woman at the centre of Hugh Grant's phone-hacking scandal. Owen gave evidence that as part of her work she left many messages on Grant's mobile which were gratuitously exposed in the press and which the press described as flirtatious.