Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson won his appeal today against a High Court ruling that News Group Newspapers (NGN) does not have to pay his legal costs arising from the phone-hacking affair.
Coulson, 44, who resigned in February 2007, sued NGN over the construction of a clause within a severance agreement.
He went to court seeking a declaration that the company, which stopped reimbursement in August last year, “must pay the professional costs and expenses properly incurred” by him “in defending allegations of criminal conduct” during his tenure.
Lord Justice Laws, Lord Justice Sullivan and Lord Justice McCombe, sitting at the Court of Appeal in London, allowed his appeal today.
Coulson, who has always denied any wrongdoing, resigned from his position as Prime Minister David Cameron’s director of communications in January last year, saying that coverage of the scandal was making it too difficult for him to do his job.