The members of the legal team representing Prince Harry and the other claimants in the case against the Mirror News Group are accustomed to high-profile cases. Most visible among them is the lawyer leading the arguments in the courtroom, David Sherborne — a well-known and respected lawyer who has long attracted celebrity clients and who has taken on Britain’s tabloid press several times before.
He is the lead counsel in two of Prince Harry’s actions currently being considered by Britain’s High Courts: the case against the Mirror News Group and Harry’s case against Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers.
Mr. Murdoch’s News Group publishes the Sun tabloid, and Prince Harry is suing the company on accusations of phone hacking and other unlawful acts, which the organization, much like the Mirror News Group, denies.
Mr. Sherborne is intimately familiar with how the British tabloid press previously obtained information unlawfully for news stories, having represented phone-hacking victims in the Leveson inquiry. That public inquiry and 2012 report examined the culture, practices and ethics of the British press after the phone hacking uncovered at publications owned by Mr. Murdoch.
Mr. Sherborne also represented Harry’s mother, Diana; Tony Blair; and Donald J. Trump in media-related cases, as well as celebrities including Paul McCartney, Michael Douglas, Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Elton John and Harry Styles.
Mr. Sherborne recently represented Johnny Depp in the actor’s libel action against Mr. Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers, which he lost, and Coleen Rooney, the wife of Wayne Rooney, in a libel case, which she won.