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Phone-hacking trial day two: Who's who of the legal representatives

The trial of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, the prime minister's former director of communications Andy Coulson and six others began at the Old Bailey on 28 October. The Drum will be in court for the duration of the trial, which is expected to last at least four months, and will provide comprehensive updates on this blog.

The trial is scheduled to examine seven counts that include conspiracy to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Coverage will be provided by James Doleman, who was acclaimed for his exhaustive and responsible reporting of the Tommy Sheridan perjury trial.

Trial: The Old Bailey in London

The trial of of two former editors of the now defunct News of the World, Rebekah Brooks, 45, Andrew Coulson, 45, and six others continued at the Old Bailey today. This morning was taken up with various legal arguments and motions from Mr Jonathan Laidlaw, QC for Mrs Brooks.

Mrs Brooks denies one charge relating to the alleged unlawful interception of voicemails, two of conspiring with others to commit misconduct in a public office and two of perverting the course of justice. The full indictment can be viewed here.

Laidlaw, who last month represented the police in High Court hearings over the airport arrest of the partner of noted journalist Glen Greenwald, has been described as "an extraordinarily able advocate who can deal with the most difficult of cases with the greatest of ease".

Representing the Crown is Andrew Edis QC, best known for leading the successful prosecution of disgraced ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his wife for perverting the course of justice. He has been described in legal circles as a "genuine star" and a "true heavyweight".

Coulson's representative, Timothy Langdale QC, represented the Crown when they decided not to oppose the appeal of the "Brimingham Six" over their wrongful conviction for an IRA bombing in the 1970s.

Jonathan Caplan QC, whose clients include the publishers of the Daily Mail, is acting for Stuart Kutner (73).

Whatever the outcome of the case, the legal representatives on show are some of the finest in the country.

The case continues.