News Corp lifts phone-hack law firm gag

Harbottle & Lewis authorised to answer questions related to the phone-hacking scandal.

A law firm barred from answering allegations that it failed to raise the alarm over evidence of police bribes at News International has been authorised to talk to police and MPs.

Harbottle & Lewis has come under renewed pressure to clarify why it did not hand over files to the police while representing the newspaper group.

It followed claims by Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, that a police probe into payments to officers could have been launched as far back as 2007.

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