May 17, 2022






Rebekah Vardy has arrived on the Excessive Court docket as she prepares to take the stand once more within the Wagatha Christie libel case after twice breaking down in tears yesterday – together with her bitter rival Coleen Rooney additionally on account of give proof. 

A smiling Coleen – dressed all in white and carrying a putting gold watch – stepped out of a silver Mercedes van alongside her husband, Wayne, who wore a navy jacket over a go well with and held a leather-based purse containing a file. 

Rebekah, in the meantime, bore a stern expression as she walked as much as the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice accompanied by her bodyguards. 

She is because of end her proof in the present day, with Coleen then taking her place within the witness field in Court docket 13 of the Royal Courts of Justice. 

Rebekah has been giving proof for round 10 hours, at occasions changing into emotional on Wednesday and Thursday. 

The case comes after a viral social media put up in October 2019, the place Mrs Rooney, 36, stated she had carried out a ‘sting operation’ and accused Mrs Vardy, 40, of leaking ‘false tales’ about her non-public life to the press.

Mrs Vardy, who’s married to Leicester Metropolis striker Jamie Vardy, denies leaking tales to the media and is suing her fellow footballer’s spouse for libel, whereas Mrs Rooney is defending the declare on the idea her put up was ‘considerably true’ and within the public curiosity.

The pretend tales Mrs Rooney planted on her Instagram in the course of the sting operation featured her travelling to Mexico for a ‘gender choice’ process, her planning to return to TV, and the basement flooding at her residence.

Coleen and Wayne Rooney walked through a crowd of photographers as they entered the Royal Courts of Justice for the fourth day of the Wagatha Christie libel trial
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Coleen and Wayne Rooney walked via a crowd of photographers as they entered the Royal Courts of Justice for the fourth day of the Wagatha Christie libel trial 

Rebekah, meanwhile, bore a stern expression as she walked up to the steps of the famous court accompanied by her bodyguards

Rebekah, in the meantime, bore a stern expression as she walked as much as the steps of the well-known courtroom accompanied by her bodyguards

Rebekah is due to finish her evidence today, with Coleen then taking her place in the witness box in Court 13 of the Royal Courts of Justice

Rebekah is because of end her proof in the present day, with Coleen then taking her place within the witness field in Court docket 13 of the Royal Courts of Justice

Coleen, who wore an all-white outfit, arrived in a silver Mercedes van with her husband, who donned a blue suit for the proceedings

Coleen, who wore an all-white outfit, arrived in a silver Mercedes van together with her husband, who donned a blue go well with for the proceedings

Coleen did not respond to calls from the press as she passed through the main entrance of the court building. Once again she wore an orthopedic boot on her right leg following an accident at home

Coleen didn’t reply to calls from the press as she handed via the principle entrance of the courtroom constructing. As soon as once more she wore an orthopedic boot on her proper leg following an accident at residence 

The mother-of-five wiped away tears yesterday as she was accused of leaking non-public details about Coleen, trying to destroy incriminating proof and pinning the blame on her agent and pal Caroline Watt.

Coleen’s lawyer David Sherborne claimed Rebekah had betrayed Mrs Watt by ‘throwing her underneath the bus’. Rebekah sobbed: ‘She’s been pushed to suicidal ideas by these proceedings and the antics of the defendant [Coleen].’

The footballer’s spouse was led from the courtroom in tears twice in the course of the listening to and on the finish of the day as she struggled throughout cross-examination by Mr Sherborne.

She has instructed how she obtained a ‘torrent of insults’ and loss of life threats inside moments of Coleen’s social media put up in 2019. She was seven months pregnant and feared she may lose her unborn child.

Rebekah is suing Coleen – spouse of former England striker Wayne Rooney – for libel over the put up, which led to her being dubbed ‘Wagatha Christie’.

She accused Coleen of intentionally frightening the furore, saying: ‘She is aware of precisely how aggressive and nasty the social media group might be… She ought to have used her affect and attain to name the trolls off. She did not.’

In a sequence of tense exchanges with Mr Sherborne, Rebekah was repeatedly accused of leaking data from Coleen’s non-public Instagram account to The Solar and of mendacity in her proof to the courtroom.

Weeping Wag Rebekah Vardy yesterday claimed Coleen Rooney ‘weaponised’ her fans when she accused her of leaking stories to the Press

Weeping Wag Rebekah Vardy yesterday claimed Coleen Rooney ‘weaponised’ her followers when she accused her of leaking tales to the Press 

Mr Sherborne requested: ‘Would you not agree, Rebekah, that if it appears to be like like a leak and it appears like a leak – and also you even use the phrase leak – that it is extra possible than to not be a leak… That is what you’re, is not it, a leak?’

‘No,’ Rebekah stated repeatedly, shaking her head and wiping her eyes. The lawyer claimed she had betrayed Mrs Watt, anticipating her ‘to do the soiled work’ by contacting journalists after which trying to pin the blame on her.

He stated: ‘It is you that betrayed her by throwing her underneath the bus.’

Rebekah broke down, shaking her head and muttering: ‘That is a joke.’ WhatsApp messages between Mrs Watt and Rebekah have been learn to the courtroom through which the 2 girls mentioned posts on Coleen’s non-public Instagram account.

Rebekah insists they have been gossiping and she or he was joking about leaking the data, though she has admitted that Mrs Watt might have contacted journalists.

Mrs Watt, 40, was anticipated to be referred to as as a witness however the courtroom has heard she is now receiving psychiatric care and has been deemed too unwell to offer proof.

Specialists have been additionally unable to analyse her iPhone after she by chance dropped it overboard whereas filming the Scottish shoreline on a ship journey – days after the courtroom ordered the cellular ought to be searched. Mr Sherborne stated the episode was a part of a ‘catalogue of so-called unlucky occasions’ which had affected the case. The courtroom heard that screenshots and movies despatched on the WhatsApp chat between Rebekah and Mrs Watt have been completely deleted throughout a knowledge switch and Rebekah’s laptop computer was discarded after it stopped working.

Rebekah broke down in court and the hearing had to be halted twice as she described the fall-out from Coleen's famous 'Wagatha Christie' tweet

Rebekah broke down in courtroom and the listening to needed to be halted twice as she described the fall-out from Coleen’s well-known ‘Wagatha Christie’ tweet 

Rebekah repeatedly denied she had intentionally deleted doubtlessly incriminating proof and disposed of her laptop computer.

She stated she believed the messages would have been ‘extraordinarily useful’ to proving her case.

Earlier, Mr Sherborne accused her of ‘selective amnesia’ over her recollection of occasions. She denied she had orchestrated a tip-off to paparazzi over a photograph of her with different England Wags – wives and girlfriends – in the course of the World Cup in Russia in 2018. She and Mrs Watt exchanged messages through which they appeared to plan the picture, however Rebekah stated it was solely supposed to be an image of her.

The picture led to complaints from Wags and not less than one participant as English soccer bosses needed media protection targeted on the workforce and the match fairly than the wives and girlfriends. In a message to Mrs Watt, Rebekah stated: ‘England will do their nut.’ Requested about an article concerning the Wags on the World Cup, Rebekah stated: ‘If I am trustworthy, I can not do not forget that in any respect.’ Mr Sherborne replied: ‘Nicely, I’d a lot fairly you have been trustworthy since you are in a witness field underneath oath.’

The courtroom additionally heard a message she despatched to Coleen through which she prompt that her cellphone may have been hacked. She denied it was an try to divert suspicion away from her. In an uncomfortable alternate, she was additionally requested about an article which claimed the Rooneys’ marriage was over – whereas Coleen and Wayne sat toes away from her.

Coleen, 36, is predicted to start out her proof within the £3million libel trial in the present day. She took copious notes all through former pal Rebekah’s proof and has reportedly signed a contract with Netflix to make a documentary concerning the trial. The case continues.

Wagatha Christie timeline: How Coleen and Rebekah’s long-running, vicious conflict unfolded earlier than the eyes of the world 

September 2017 to October 2019 – The Solar runs quite a few articles about Coleen, together with that she travelled to Mexico to look into child ‘gender choice’ therapy, her plan to revive her TV profession and the flooding of her basement.

October 9, 2019 – Coleen makes use of social media to accuse Rebekah of promoting tales from her non-public Instagram account to the tabloids.

Coleen says she spent 5 months trying to work out who was sharing details about her and her household based mostly on posts she had made on her private social media web page.

After sharing a sequence of ‘false’ tales and utilizing a means of elimination, Coleen claims they have been seen by one Instagram account, belonging to Rebekah.

Rebekah, then pregnant together with her fifth youngster, denies the allegations and says numerous individuals had entry to her Instagram through the years.

She claims to be ‘so upset’ by Coleen’s accusation, later including: ‘I believed she was my pal however she fully annihilated me.’

The general public dispute makes headlines all over the world, with the hashtag #WagathaChristie trending.

How it all began: On October 9, 2019, Coleen Rooney, now 36, accused Rebekah Vardy, 40, of leaking 'false stories' about her to the press in an Instagram post (above)

The way it all started: On October 9, 2019, Coleen Rooney, now 36, accused Rebekah Vardy, 40, of leaking ‘false tales’ about her to the press in an Instagram put up (above) 

Shortly after Coleen's public accusation, Rebekah - who was pregnant and on holiday in Dubai at the time - denied any involvement (above)

Shortly after Coleen’s public accusation, Rebekah – who was pregnant and on vacation in Dubai on the time – denied any involvement (above) 

February 13, 2020 – In a tearful look on ITV’s Unfastened Ladies, Rebekah says the stress of the dispute precipitated her to have extreme nervousness assaults and she or he ‘ended up in hospital 3 times’. Coleen says in a press release that she doesn’t wish to ‘have interaction in additional public debate’.

June 23, 2020 – It emerges that Rebekah has launched libel proceedings towards Coleen.

Rebekah’s attorneys allege she ‘suffered excessive misery, harm, nervousness and embarrassment because of the publication of the put up and the occasions which adopted’.

November 19-20, 2020 – The libel battle has its first Excessive Court docket listening to in London. A decide guidelines that Coleen’s October 2019 put up ‘clearly recognized’ Rebekah as being ‘responsible of the intense and constant breach of belief’.

Mr Justice Warby concludes that the ‘pure and atypical’ which means of the posts was that Rebekah had ‘recurrently and incessantly abused her standing as a trusted follower of Coleen’s private Instagram account by secretly informing The Solar of Coleen’s non-public posts and tales’.

February 8-9, 2022 – A sequence of explosive messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt – which Coleen’s attorneys allege have been about her – are revealed at a preliminary courtroom listening to.

The courtroom is instructed Rebekah was not referring to Coleen when she referred to as somebody a ‘nasty bitch’ in a single alternate with Ms Watt.

Coleen’s attorneys search additional data from the WhatsApp messages, however the courtroom is instructed that Ms Watt’s cellphone fell into the North Sea after a ship she was on hit a wave, earlier than additional data might be extracted from it.

February 14 – Coleen is refused permission to convey a Excessive Court docket declare towards Ms Watt for misuse of personal data to be heard alongside the libel battle. A Excessive Court docket decide, Mrs Justice Steyn, says the bid was introduced too late and former alternatives to make the declare had not been taken.

April 13 – Ms Watt will not be match to offer oral proof on the upcoming libel trial, the Excessive Court docket is instructed because the case returns for an additional listening to.

The agent revokes permission for her witness assertion for use, and withdraws her waiver which might have allowed Solar journalists to say whether or not she was a supply of the allegedly leaked tales.

April 29 – Rebekah ‘seems to simply accept’ that her agent was the supply of allegedly leaked tales, Coleen’s barrister David Sherborne tells the Excessive Court docket. He argues {that a} new witness assertion submitted by Rebekah suggests Ms Watt was the supply however Rebekah claims she ‘didn’t authorise or condone her’.

Rebekah’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson says the assertion didn’t comprise ‘any change no matter within the pleaded case’, together with her authorized workforce having no communication with Ms Watt.

Might 10 onwards – The trial begins.  

Staff Rooney vs Staff Vardy! Rebekah is supported by disaster supervisor who’s an skilled in on-line popularity and a VERY burly bodyguard in Jamie’s absence – whereas Coleen has Hollywood’s favorite barrister

By Bridie Pearson-Jones for MailOnline 

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy have enlisted among the nation’s most interesting media specialists and authorized minds as they go face to face within the superstar trial of the last decade.

Yesterday was the second instalment of the £3million ‘Wagatha Christie‘ libel trial between the 2 footballer’s wives which  featured a tearful look within the witness field, Whatsapp ‘gossip’ a couple of thriller superstar affair and but extra foul-mouthed textual content messages – all dropped at an finish by a fittingly dramatic hearth alarm.

Coleen publicly ‘outed’ her fellow WAG when she accused her of sharing three pretend tales she had posted on her private Instagram with The Solar as a part of what she described as a social media ‘sting’ operation. Rebekah vehemently denied the allegation – main her to launch the dear authorized motion which noticed its second day on Wednesday.

Whereas Tuesday’s listening to dredged up Peter Andre‘s alleged ‘chipolata’ manhood, yesterday targeted on Rebekah’s relationship together with her agent Caroline Watt.

Within the Vardy nook is Hacked Off founder Hugh Tomlinson QC – in addition to two glamorous members of the authorized workforce, together with one who was as soon as named one of many ‘sexiest attorneys’ within the UK, and one other who’s a disaster supervisor who’s skilled in on-line popularity.

Vardy has additionally appeared alongside a safety guard – whereas Coleen does not seem to have any bodyguard by her when coming into courtroom.

In the meantime, Coleen has been joined in courtroom by her soccer celebrity husband Wayne in addition to Hollywood’s favorite lawyer  David Sherborne and rising authorized thoughts Ben Hamer.

Right here, FEMAIL reveals who’s who on the trial that is saved the nation gripped… 

TEAM VARDY

Dr Rosa Malley

In Rebekah’s authorized workforce is Dr Rosa Malley, 37,  an Affiliate within the Dispute Decision workforce at high regulation agency Kingsley Napley.

Rosa was part of the Hacked Off marketing campaign and specialises in popularity and media issues, in accordance with her on-line bio.

She beforehand labored as a paralegal at high metropolis regulation agency Mishcon de Reya, who led the Excessive Court docket bid to cease Boris Johnson triggering Brexit.

One in every of their barristers, Anthony Julius, acted for Princess Diana in her divorce from Prince Charles.

In Rebekah's legal team is Dr Rosa Malley, 37, an Associate in the Dispute Resolution team at top law firm Kingsley Napley

In Rebekah’s authorized workforce is Dr Rosa Malley, 37, an Affiliate within the Dispute Decision workforce at high regulation agency Kingsley Napley

Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City soccer player Jamie Vardy, leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London

Rebekah Vardy, spouse of Leicester Metropolis soccer participant Jamie Vardy, leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London

The agency additionally represented Heather Mills in her divorce case towards Beatles star Paul McCartney, earlier than separating ‘amicably’ from their consumer.

The corporate additionally acted for former Liberal Democrat Cupboard minister Chris Huhne when he confronted allegations of perverting the course of justice by ‘swapping’ rushing factors together with his spouse. Mr Huhne was later sentenced to eight months in jail.

Rosa obtained her PhD learning the Illustration of Ladies in British Politics at College of Bristol in 2011.

She works in pre and post-publication for broadcast media, and has additionally labored in disaster administration with politicians, sportspeople, celebrities and excessive profile legal defendants. 

Earlier than her authorized profession, Rosa labored in politics, as a researcher on the ThinkTank Institute for Authorities and as a Particular Initiatives Supervisor for the Hacked Off marketing campaign.  She additionally taught British Politics at Birkbeck, College of London.

Fittingly for the case in query, Rosa has expertise in on-line popularity and  abuse on social media.

Charlotte Harris

Like Rosa, Charlotte Harris, 44, labored at Hacked Off and for eminent regulation agency Mishcon de Reya.

Described as ‘one of the crucial sought out privateness attorneys within the land’ she boasts a consumer base of ‘MPs, celebrities, PR specialists, sports activities brokers, sports activities individuals’.

In 2013, she married  funding banker James Burr, with a really star-studded visitor checklist together with Hugh Grant, MP Tom Watson, MP Chris Huhne, and Max Clifford.

Like Rosa, Charlotte Harris (pictured), 44, worked at Hacked Off and for eminent law firm Mishcon de Reya

Like Rosa, Charlotte Harris (pictured), 44, labored at Hacked Off and for eminent regulation agency Mishcon de Reya

On the wedding ceremony millionaire former Power Secretary Chris Huhne loved his final night time of liberty earlier than he was sentenced the subsequent day at Southwark crown courtroom to eight months’ imprisonment. 

Writing within the Diary column for the New Stateman on the time, Mr Watson stated he ‘entertained’ the gathering of celebrities, MPs, bankers and extremely remunerated senior Mishcon workers with a karaoke rendition of the brand new wave anthem Teenage Kicks.  

Clearly magnificence and brains, she was named one of many nation’s sexiest attorneys in 2015 in an inventory put collectively by the web site Authorized Cheek.

Charlotte has appeared earlier than Parliamentary Choose Committees all through her profession, together with the Leveson Inquiry and was described as a ‘drive of nature and all the time prepared for a battle’ by Chambers and Companions Excessive Internet Price Information in 2020.

Hugh Tomlinson QC 

Hugh Tomlinson QC, who’s representing Ms Vardy, is a top-flight privateness silk who has launched dozen of battles with the press in his 4 decade profession.

The Leeds-born, Oxford-educated lawyer final 12 months advocated efficiently in a declare towards a journalist and creator after she made false allegations that Roman Abramovich purchased Chelsea FC on Vladimir Putin’s orders.

He was one in all a number of attorneys representing Russian oligarchs whose ethics have been questioned in parliament by the Conservative MP Bob Seely following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Hugh Tomlinson QC, who is representing Ms Vardy, is a top-flight privacy silk who has launched dozen of battles with the press in his four decade career

Hugh Tomlinson QC, who’s representing Ms Vardy, is a top-flight privateness silk who has launched dozen of battles with the press in his 4 decade profession

The lawyer was on the facet of Jeremy Clarkson’s ex-wife Alex Corridor when he tried to – however dropped – efforts to cease her claiming they’d an affair throughout his later marriage.

He additionally efficiently represented Prince Charles because the royal sought to cease the publishing of his Hong Kong journey diaries, saying public curiosity justifications have been ‘far-fetched’.

And in an earlier case, he gained substantial damages for Christopher Jefferies after press protection incorrectly related him with the homicide of his tenant Joanna Yeates in 2010.

A 12 months later he co-founded Hacked Off, the group campaigning for tighter media regulation, which he now chairs, and which has backers resembling Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan.

Tomlinson was born in Woodhouse in Leeds the place he went to Leeds Grammar Faculty after which Balliol School, Oxford, leaving with the highest first in PPE.

He then took up philosophical research at Sussex College earlier than going to the College of Paris in 1977. In 2000 he was a founding member of Matrix Chambers in London.

Who else is supporting Rebekah? 

Safety  

Rebekah  has additionally been seen going into courtroom accompanied by a burly safety guard – whereas Coleen does not seem to have any bodyguard alongside her.

She’s beforehand mentioned how safety is vital to her and added that she’s confronted threats since her feud with Coleen went public. 

She instructed OK! journal forward of the 2018 World Cup that she and her household have been bringing their very own safety to the video games.

Rebekah has also been seen going into court accompanied by a burly security guard.

Rebekah has additionally been seen going into courtroom accompanied by a burly safety guard.

Nicola McLean 

Fellow WAG Nicola McLean has seemingly thrown her help behind Mrs Vardy a number of occasions – as soon as stating that Mrs Rooney is ‘not as non-public’ as she is taken into account whereas additionally insisting Mrs Vardy will not be within the fame recreation.

Nicola is married to Tom Williams, who now performs for Hashtag United of the Essex Senior League. Tom is a defender and midfielder and made almost 300 appearances within the Soccer League taking part in for quite a few golf equipment, together with QPR and West Ham.

The I am A Movie star… Get Me Out Of Right here star, who has been married to Tom since 2009, instructed Nearer Journal in 2020: ‘I’ve had completely different experiences at completely different golf equipment however the WAG world generally is a b****y imply women like existence…

‘There might be rivalry and unfriendliness with somebody within the group and the highest canine and there might be loads of drama. It is not simply wonderful holidays and designer garments there might be loads of behind-the-scenes politics between the women.’

On among the most well-known WAGS, she went on: ‘Lots of girls wish to emulate Victoria Beckham, Alex Gerrard, Elen Rivas – they dine out on the very fact they seem to be a WAG and it could actually devour you.’

Nicola then identified that it isn’t all it appears with Mrs Vardy and Mrs Rooney: ‘I do know some WAGs will solely have an interest within the hierarchy, fame and drama however I do not consider Rebekah is like that. She’s not fussed concerning the press or limelight.

‘Everybody thinks Coleen is de facto non-public – however keep in mind she’s finished numerous interviews, books and even her personal TV present.’

Caroline Watt 

Mrs Vardy’s pal and agent, Ms Watt has featured in among the preliminary hearings, regardless of not being a celebration to the declare or giving proof on the trial.

She is a former Virgin Atlantic air hostess who has been Rebekah’s agent for the previous seven years, serving to to construct her profile within the nationwide media.

Reviews that she not represents her following the present controversy engulfing the 2 have been dismissed as inaccurate with Ms Watt remaining near Ms Vardy each professionally and personally.

Ms Watt, 39, is married to former footballer Steve Watt, who performed briefly for Chelsea, making one Premier League look for 2 minutes in 2005 and Swansea Metropolis. He’s at the moment supervisor of Kent non-league facet Hythe City and so they have two kids.

After leaving the airline business, Ms Watt started working as an agent on the earth of leisure, rapidly creating a popularity for her communication abilities and skill to community.

She was previously employed by expertise company The Frontrow Partnership however left in 2019 to go it alone and took her important consumer and shut pal, Ms Vardy together with her.

Ms Watt has been credited with constructing Ms Vardy’s public profile by making certain that she recurrently featured within the nationwide media and in addition brokered the deal for her to seem on the hit actuality TV present I am A Movie star… Get Me Out Of Right here! in 2018.

Ms Watt began representing the high-profile WAG in 2015, when her husband, Leicester Metropolis striker Jamie Vardy shot to fame.

She is a daily customer to the Vardy’s Lincolnshire residence and in addition socialises with Ms Vardy, attending glitzy events and bars.

Her different shoppers embrace the previous Web page 3 woman Nicola McLean however it’s Ms Vardy that has been the largest asset in her profession as an agent.

TEAM ROONEY 

David Sherborne  

Not like Rebekah, Coleen arrived at courtroom with simply her husband and never an entourage of attorneys.

Nevertheless, her authorized workforce is simply as spectacular and versed on the earth of superstar as her fellow WAG’s.

David Sherborne, 53, who has been dubbed one in all Hollywood’s favorite attorneys, is performing for Mrs Rooney.

He was lead counsel for victims of press intrusion within the Leveson inquiry, and represented Johnny Depp in his libel go well with towards The Solar. In November 2020, the Excessive Court docket dominated that Depp had misplaced his case.

In September 2020, Sherborne was dropped from the Duchess of Sussex’s authorized workforce in her case towards The Mail on Sunday following an early setback.

Sherborne’s earlier shoppers additionally embrace Princess Diana, Melania Trump, Sir Paul McCartney, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and Harry Kinds.

His father was a QC, however whereas he comes from a authorized household, he’s seen as a ‘insurgent’ in some ways on account of his obvious fondness for the limelight.

A former colleague instructed The Instances: ‘He likes to current a enjoyable, outgoing persona and could be very limelight-seeking. All the opposite barristers in chambers have been hyper-critical of him breaking the foundations.’

Whereas he is identified for rubbing shoulders with A-listers, Tattler and Night Commonplace each commented he’s ‘so good-looking’  he might be a celeb himself.

The twice-married barrister was revealed to be having an affair with a member of Lord Leveson’s junior counsel, Carine Patry Hoskins in 2013-.

Ms Hoskins, dubbed the ‘considering man’s Pippa Middleton’ -was Lord Leveson’s quantity two, whereas Mr Sherborne was defending Hugh Grant and different hacking  victims.

Ben Hamer

There was a uncommon second of sunshine reduction amidst the morning’s fierce cross-examination when Mr Sherborne talked about that his junior, Ben Hamer, 29,  was ‘very adept at looking on-line via social media on his cellphone.’

Rebekah shot again, with out smiling: ‘I do know, Mr Hamer follows me on Twitter’ to laughter within the courtroom.

However this is not Ben’s first superstar case. He is beforehand  Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard  and acted for the claimant in Blackledge v Particular person(s) Unknown the place libel and harassment damages of £70,000 have been awarded towards the Defendant. 

The Durham College graduate was first referred to as to the Bar in 2017 at Lincoln’s Inn, the place he was a Lord Bowen and Lord Denning scholar.

Very achieved at a younger age, he is beforehand was introduced with the Benjamin Franklin Home Literary Prize for his work on free speech and faux information. 

He now offers pre-publication recommendation to varied publications resembling The Instances and The Sunday Instances in addition to HarperCollins and Bloomsbury publishers. He’s safety cleared to SC stage.

Ben started as a tenant at 5RB after profitable completion of pupillage at Chambers. His supervisors have been Adam Wolanski QC, Jonathan Barnes QC, Richard Munden and Adam Speker QC.

Ben was referred to as to the Bar in 2017 at Lincoln’s Inn, the place he was a Lord Bowen and Lord Denning scholar.

In 2017, Ben was introduced with the Benjamin Franklin Home Literary Prize, run together with the Every day Telegraph, for his writing on free speech, social media and ‘pretend information’. As an undergraduate, he edited Palatinate, the place he gained the Hunter Davies Prize for Scholar Journalism.

THE JUDGE 

Mrs Justice Steyn

The Excessive Court docket decide overseeing the case, Mrs Justice Steyn (pictured proper) was appointed in 2019 and sits within the Queen’s Bench Division – the a part of the Excessive Court docket which offers with defamation, private damage and breach of contract claims.

In addition to overseeing the ‘Wagatha Christie’ declare, different outstanding instances she has heard embrace Arron Banks’ libel declare towards journalist Carole Cadwalladr and the FDA union’s unsuccessful authorized problem over Boris Johnson’s choice to help Priti Patel following bullying accusations.

The daughter of former Legislation Lord Lord Steyn, Mrs Justice Steyn lined quite a lot of instances as a barrister, together with a case over the growth of Heathrow airport.   

Who else is on Staff Coleen? 

WAYNE ROONEY

Coleen has been joined in courtroom by supportive husband Wayne, with whom she shares 4 kids, whereas Jamie Vardy is but to be pictured in courtroom.

Wayne, who has been with Coleen because the age of 16, final performed with Jamie for England in 2016.

Each husbands have saved principally quiet on the conflict, nevertheless Wayne did word in his Sunday Instances column earlier than final 12 months’s European championships that he would have drafted Jamie Vardy into the England workforce.

He added: ‘Some individuals could also be shocked at this, particularly with the authorized case between my spouse and Jamie’s spouse.’

The previous Premier League and England striker will take to the witness stand at London’s Excessive Court docket the place he might be questioned underneath oath over how a lot he knew about his spouse’s ‘Wagatha Christie’ investigation.

Coleen has been joined in court by supportive husband Wayne, with whom she shares four children, while Jamie Vardy is yet to be pictured in court.

Coleen has been joined in courtroom by supportive husband Wayne, with whom she shares 4 kids, whereas Jamie Vardy is but to be pictured in courtroom.

A supply near the case instructed MailOnline: ‘Wayne is 100 per cent going into the witness field and that is simply going so as to add to the drama of the entire event. Hugh Tomlinson is a really skilled barrister, and this might be one of many hardest opponents Wayne has ever confronted.

‘Rebekah’s attorneys are adamant that he ought to be cross examined underneath oath about how a lot he knew about what Coleen was getting as much as and that the reality will emerge.’

Ms Rooney has all the time maintained that no person was conscious of her ‘sting operation’ when she determined to put up quite a few pretend Instagram tales and finally restrict who may see them to only Ms Vardy. Three of those have been later revealed in The Solar and are on the centre of the sensational libel battle.

However Ms Vardy’s attorneys insist that a number of individuals may have been the supply of the leaks and that Ms Rooney instructed Wayne and others about what she was getting as much as whereas additionally sharing particulars of the false posts with them.

Along with giving proof, Wayne, the previous Manchester United striker who’s at the moment supervisor of Derby County, can also be anticipated to accompany his spouse when she attends the Excessive Court docket for the trial, which is predicted to final per week.

In the meantime, when Rebekah furiously denied the allegation in a prolonged Twitter assertion, her husband confirmed his help by liking her put up. 

OTHER WAGS 

Mrs Rooney thanked her followers and stated there ‘are loads of actually good individuals’ on the earth in an Instagram story in February 2022.

And alongside together with her devoted followers, the WAG has additionally been publicly supported by Danielle Lloyd, who got here forth with comparable claims about Mrs Vardy resulting in a row between the duo on social media in 2019.

Mrs Lloyd made a thinly-veiled dig at Mrs Vardy after weighing in on the Mrs Rooney row throughout an episode of This Morning.

Mrs Rooney thanked her fans and said there 'are a lot of really good people' in the world in an Instagram story in February 2022. And along with her devoted fans, the WAG has also been publicly supported by Danielle Lloyd, who came forth with similar claims about Mrs Vardy leading to a row between the duo on social media in 2019.

Mrs Rooney thanked her followers and stated there ‘are loads of actually good individuals’ on the earth in an Instagram story in February 2022. And alongside together with her devoted followers, the WAG has additionally been publicly supported by Danielle Lloyd, who got here forth with comparable claims about Mrs Vardy resulting in a row between the duo on social media in 2019.

The TV character detailed her ‘comparable run-ins’ with the footballer’s spouse, earlier than Mrs Vardy claimed Mrs Lloyd was solely upset as a result of she did not ‘recruit’ one in all Jamie’s footballer buddies for her after her divorce from Jamie O’Hara

This got here amid reviews that lots of the WAGs had distanced themselves from Mrs Vardy on the time and have been busy ‘scrutinising’ previous conversations together with her, following the fallout from her feud with Mrs Rooney.

Following Mrs Lloyd’s look on This Morning, Mrs Vardy was fast to retaliate, as she took to Twitter to say that the TV character’s admission was ‘utter b******s’ and their feud was sparked by her refusal to attempt to discover Mrs Lloyd a person following her cut up from Jamie [O’Hara].

She wrote: ‘Danielle Lloyd making false claims on @thismorning that now we have had ‘comparable run-ins’ is utter b****cks. She is simply fuming that I ‘did not get Jamie recruiting’ for her like she requested me to…’

 





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