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Charlotte Church To Settle Phone Hacking Case

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Charlotte Church will formally settle her phone-hacking damages action at the High Court today.

Last week, lawyers for the 25-year-old singer and her parents, James and Maria, confirmed that terms had been agreed with News of the World publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN).

Church is expected to attend court in London for the reading of a statement resolving her claim that 33 articles in the now defunct Sunday newspaper were the product of hacking into her family's voicemails.

It is understood that the hearing will also see the disposal of the five cases still outstanding of the 60 claims launched before October last year.

They are those of Elle Macpherson's former adviser, Mary Ellen Field, footballer Ryan Giggs, former royal butler Paul Burrell, police officer and Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames - and her husband David Cook - and public relations consultant Nicola Phillips.

Mr Justice Vos will also conduct a case management conference to determine how pending claims should be dealt with and, if necessary, fix a date for any future trial.

Earlier this month, he was told that a second wave of 56 new claims was in the pipeline - including those of singer James Blunt, footballer Peter Crouch and his wife Abigail Clancy, politician Nigel Farage, footballer Kieron Dyer and ex-wife of golfer Colin Montgomerie, Eimear Cook.

NGN is also facing a claim from Cherie Blair after lawyers for the wife of former prime minister Tony Blair confirmed they had issued proceedings on her behalf.

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