Jude Law has become the latest high-profile figure to go to the High Court to seek more information relating to alleged tabloid phone hacking.
Mr Justice Vos has granted an application ordering the Metropolitan Police to disclose information which may relate to interception of the actor’s private voicemails.
The judge heard on Friday that the police had consented to the order covering material forfeited by private detective Glenn Mulcaire who, with News of the World reporter Clive Goodman, was jailed over royal phone taps in 2007.
The actor’s counsel David Sherborne and his personal assistant Ben Jackson said in the application: “There is a very clear inference that Glenn Mulcaire has been or may have been guilty of hacking into the claimants’ voicemail on behalf of News Group Newspapers.
“We say this material is needed and the failure by the police to notify the claimants in 2006 means they did not obtain this information from their own mobile phone providers.”
Law’s ex-girlfriend, the actress Sienna Miller, former football star Paul Gascoigne, former MP George Galloway, Mick McGuire, former boss of the Professional Footballers’ Association, comedian Steve Coogan and sports commentator Andy Gray have all made similar applications.
The action will come back before Mr Justice Vos in London on April 15 for directions on how the cases should proceed, with the first trial – that of Andy Gray’s damages claim – due in November this year.