News Corp U.K. Unit Names Rebekah Brooks' Hacking Trial Lawyer General Counsel

Rebekah Brooks Headshot - H 2015
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"I have come to trust his judgment implicitly," says Brooks about Angus McBride.

News UK, the British unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, has tapped the lead lawyer for Rebekah Brooks during the phone-hacking trial as its general counsel.

Angus McBride will oversee all legal activity and compliance for the company, which publishes The Times and The Sun, starting in April. He is currently a partner at international law firm Kingsley Napley. He has also represented financiers, actors, entertainers and sports stars.

McBride will replace current general counsel Emma Moloney who is departing at the end of January for a role that wasn't immediately announced.

Brooks returned to News Corp as CEO of News UK late last year. "When I first spoke to Angus last autumn about joining us in this capacity, he was reluctant to give up the work that he loves," she said. "I am thrilled that he has decided to join us as he is always 10 steps ahead and has a huge capacity to grasp quickly the full spectrum of issues. I have come to trust his judgment implicitly and believe that News UK will benefit from his legal expertise, wise advice and strategic approach."

Said McBride: "I am delighted to be joining News UK and look forward to working with its superb team of lawyers to provide legal advice and assistance throughout the company, and to Rebekah and the executive team. I hope that my 25 years in practice working at the cutting edge of high-profile litigation will strengthen the team in confronting the ever more complex legal landscape the industry faces."