HMA -v- Andy Coulson
15th February 2016
In June of 2014, former News of the World editor and Conservative head of communications, Andy Coulson, was convicted of conspiracy to intercept voice-mails (known as ‘phone-hacking’).
In May of 2015 he stood trial for perjury, having previously denied knowledge of phone-hacking at the earlier perjury trial of disgraced former politician Tommy Sheridan.
Following the close of the prosecution case, Mr Coulson’s QC, Murdo Macleod from TG Chambers, argued that there was no case to answer: what had been said about hacking at the Sheridan trial was irrelevant to Mr Sheridan’s defence and could not therefore constitute perjury.
The Judge agreed and Mr Coulson was acquitted.
Murdo Macleod specialises in the defence of Health and Safety, and other ‘white-collar’ crime. He is described in the legal directories as “Quite superb on his feet” (Chambers, 2016) and praised for his “unwavering commitment to the case and the client” (Legal 500, 2015).