The Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson

President, Queen’s Bench Division

Brian Leveson is best known for leading the Leveson Inquiry, the public investigation into the culture, ethics and practices of the press. Following the News International phone-hacking scandal, which led to the closure of the News of the World and the arrests of over 100 people including Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, Leveson’s 2012 report proposed a tougher form of media regulation and a new press law. Having begun his career as a Liverpool-based barrister, where his cases included the prosecution of Rosemary West, Leveson became a High Court judge in 2000. He has been president of the Queen’s Bench Division since 2013 and recently produced a report to make the court system less bureaucratic and more efficient through the use of technology which will allow remote hearings.

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