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Charlotte Harris, of law firm Mishcon de Reya which had hired private investigators

Blue-chip hacking: Ministers plan crackdown on rogue private investigators

PIs will need a licence and will be banned if found guilty of blagging personal information

Bankers win appeal over £44m in unpaid bonuses

Commerzbank furious at losing case over payouts cut after a takeover

Bankers win £44m bonus claim against Commerzbank

More than 100 London investment bankers who sued Commerzbank for €52 million (£44 million) over unpaid bonuses today won a landmark victory when the Court of Appeal upheld the decision in an unanimous verdict.

Charlotte Harris says she was targeted because she 'stumbled across a ream of activity that News International didn't want to come out'

Phone hacking victims' lawyer Charlotte Harris was target of 'vast gossip dossier'

Charlotte Harris, a lawyer, has claimed that private investigators compiled a dossier of "gossip" about her private life when she acted on behalf of victims of phone hacking.

Huhne partnter Carina Trimingham sues Daily Mail publisher

Carina Trimingham, partner of Chris Huhne, is bringing a legal action against Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail, for its portrayal of her since the break up of Mr Huhne's 26-year marriage to Vicky Pryce. Mr Huhne, 57, left Ms Pryce in the summer of 2010 when it emerged that he had been having an affair with Ms Trimingham, his former press aide (inset), then 44.

Murdoch papers spied on me, says hacking lawyer

The media lawyer said she felt 'terribly uncomfortable' about people investigating her children

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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