18 Dec 2012

Blunt phone hacking claim settled

11:02 am on 18 December 2012

Singer James Blunt and News Group Newspapers have settled a legal action brought by Blunt over phone hacking by the News of the World.

In a statement on Monday, London law firm Carter-Ruck said Blunt had successfully settled his claim against News Group Newspapers over hacking of his voicemail.

Carter-Ruck said Blunt "has always been security conscious, in the knowledge that he was in telephone contact with serving members of the armed services who were on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"He even changed his voicemail PIN in 2006," the statement said.

Announcing the settlement, Carter-Ruck said News Group had ''agreed to pay a substantial sum in damages to Mr Blunt together with his legal costs".