Ex-NoW columnist Ulrika goes to phone-hack lawyers

Former News of the World columnist Ulrika Jonsson is the latest celebrity to engage lawyers over claims their mobile phone messages were hacked by the News of the World.

Jonsson was recruited by former editor Andy Coulson and wrote a column for the News of the World between 2003 and 2007 – the period when most allegations of phone-hacking at the paper date from.

Jonsson was of huge interest to the tabloids in the 1990s and through much of the last decade.

In 2003 the Daily Mirror picked up British Press Awards scoop of the year for the revelation that Jonsson had an affair with the England football team manager Sven Goran Eriksson.

Law firm Mishcon de Reya has confirmed that Jonsson is being represented by media law specialist Charlotte Harris, who is also acting for football agent Sky Andrew, actress Leslie Ash and several MPs.

Last month News International admitted liability over a number of phone-hacking cases involving the News Of The World and set up a compensation scheme to deal with “justifiable claims”. At least 24 individuals are understood to be in the process of suing the paper.

Four test cases are proceeding at the High Court to establish levels of damages. Last week lawyers appeared at the High Court on behalf of actress Sienna Miller and decided to accept a £100,000 legal settlement from the News Group Newspapers, publisher of the News of the World.

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