Former NI lawyer defends use of private investigators

Julian Pike says the action was "justifiable"

Former NI lawyer defends use of private investigators

Media lawyer Julian Pike has defended advising News International to place the lawyers of phone-hacking victims under surveillance.

He told the Home Affairs select committee yesterday that the practice was “justifiable” and he would “do it again tomorrow”.

Pike, head of media at Farrer & Co, had previously admitted advising the News of the World to carry out surveillance on lawyers Charlotte Harris and Mark Lewis, who between them have represented dozens of phone-hacking victims.

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