Rebekah Vardy has arrived on the Excessive Courtroom as she prepares to take the stand once more within the Wagatha Christie libel case after twice breaking down in tears yesterday – together with her bitter rival Coleen Rooney additionally as a result of give proof. 

A smiling Coleen – dressed all in white and carrying a hanging gold watch – stepped out of a silver Mercedes van alongside her husband, Wayne, who wore a navy jacket over a swimsuit and held a leather-based purse containing a file. 

Rebekah, in the meantime, bore a stern expression as she walked as much as the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice accompanied by her bodyguards. 

She is because of end her proof at present, with Coleen then taking her place within the witness field in Courtroom 13 of the Royal Courts of Justice. 

Rebekah has been giving proof for round 10 hours, at instances changing into emotional on Wednesday and Thursday. 

The case comes after a viral social media put up in October 2019, the place Mrs Rooney, 36, stated she had carried out a ‘sting operation’ and accused Mrs Vardy, 40, of leaking ‘false tales’ about her non-public life to the press.

Mrs Vardy, who’s married to Leicester Metropolis striker Jamie Vardy, denies leaking tales to the media and is suing her fellow footballer’s spouse for libel, whereas Mrs Rooney is defending the declare on the premise her put up was ‘considerably true’ and within the public curiosity.

The faux tales Mrs Rooney planted on her Instagram throughout the sting operation featured her travelling to Mexico for a ‘gender choice’ process, her planning to return to TV, and the basement flooding at her house.

Coleen and Wayne Rooney walked by way of a crowd of photographers as they entered the Royal Courts of Justice for the fourth day of the Wagatha Christie libel trial 

Rebekah, meanwhile, bore a stern expression as she walked up to the steps of the famous court accompanied by her bodyguards

Rebekah, in the meantime, bore a stern expression as she walked as much as the steps of the well-known court docket accompanied by her bodyguards

Coleen, who wore an all-white outfit, arrived in a silver Mercedes van with her husband, who donned a blue suit for the proceedings

Coleen, who wore an all-white outfit, arrived in a silver Mercedes van together with her husband, who donned a blue swimsuit for the proceedings

Coleen did not respond to calls from the press as she passed through the main entrance of the court building. Once again she wore an orthopedic boot on her right leg following an accident at home

Coleen didn’t reply to calls from the press as she handed by way of the principle entrance of the court docket constructing. As soon as once more she wore an orthopedic boot on her proper leg following an accident at house 

The mother-of-five wiped away tears yesterday as she was accused of leaking non-public details about Coleen, making an attempt to destroy incriminating proof and pinning the blame on her agent and pal Caroline Watt.

Coleen’s lawyer David Sherborne claimed Rebekah had betrayed Mrs Watt by ‘throwing her below the bus’. Rebekah sobbed: ‘She’s been pushed to suicidal ideas by these proceedings and the antics of the defendant [Coleen].’

The footballer’s spouse was led from the court docket in tears twice throughout the listening to and on the finish of the day as she struggled throughout cross-examination by Mr Sherborne.

She has informed how she acquired a ‘torrent of insults’ and demise threats inside moments of Coleen’s social media put up in 2019. She was seven months pregnant and feared she may lose her unborn child.

Rebekah is suing Coleen – spouse of former England striker Wayne Rooney – for libel over the put up, which led to her being dubbed ‘Wagatha Christie’.

She accused Coleen of intentionally upsetting the furore, saying: ‘She is aware of precisely how aggressive and nasty the social media neighborhood could be… She ought to have used her affect and attain to name the trolls off. She did not.’

In a collection of tense exchanges with Mr Sherborne, Rebekah was repeatedly accused of leaking info from Coleen’s non-public Instagram account to The Solar and of mendacity in her proof to the court docket.

Weeping Wag Rebekah Vardy yesterday claimed Coleen Rooney ‘weaponised’ her fans when she accused her of leaking stories to the Press

Weeping Wag Rebekah Vardy yesterday claimed Coleen Rooney ‘weaponised’ her followers when she accused her of leaking tales to the Press 

Mr Sherborne requested: ‘Would you not agree, Rebekah, that if it seems like a leak and it seems like a leak – and also you even use the phrase leak – that it is extra possible than to not be a leak… That is what you might be, is not it, a leak?’

‘No,’ Rebekah stated repeatedly, shaking her head and wiping her eyes. The lawyer claimed she had betrayed Mrs Watt, anticipating her ‘to do the soiled work’ by contacting journalists after which making an attempt to pin the blame on her.

He stated: ‘It is you that betrayed her by throwing her below the bus.’

Rebekah broke down, shaking her head and muttering: ‘That is a joke.’ WhatsApp messages between Mrs Watt and Rebekah have been learn to the court docket by which the 2 ladies mentioned posts on Coleen’s non-public Instagram account.

Rebekah insists they had been gossiping and he or she was joking about leaking the knowledge, though she has admitted that Mrs Watt could have contacted journalists.

Mrs Watt, 40, was anticipated to be referred to as as a witness however the court docket has heard she is now receiving psychiatric care and has been deemed too unwell to offer proof.

Consultants had been additionally unable to analyse her iPhone after she unintentionally dropped it overboard whereas filming the Scottish shoreline on a ship journey – days after the court docket ordered the cell needs to be searched. Mr Sherborne stated the episode was a part of a ‘catalogue of so-called unlucky occasions’ which had affected the case. The court docket heard that screenshots and movies despatched on the WhatsApp chat between Rebekah and Mrs Watt had been completely deleted throughout a knowledge switch and Rebekah’s laptop computer was discarded after it stopped working.

Rebekah broke down in court and the hearing had to be halted twice as she described the fall-out from Coleen's famous 'Wagatha Christie' tweet

Rebekah broke down in court docket and the listening to needed to be halted twice as she described the fall-out from Coleen’s well-known ‘Wagatha Christie’ tweet 

Rebekah repeatedly denied she had intentionally deleted probably incriminating proof and disposed of her laptop computer.

She stated she believed the messages would have been ‘extraordinarily useful’ to proving her case.

Earlier, Mr Sherborne accused her of ‘selective amnesia’ over her recollection of occasions. She denied she had orchestrated a tip-off to paparazzi over a photograph of her with different England Wags – wives and girlfriends – throughout the World Cup in Russia in 2018. She and Mrs Watt exchanged messages by which they appeared to plan the picture, however Rebekah stated it was solely supposed to be an image of her.

The picture led to complaints from Wags and a minimum of one participant as English soccer bosses needed media protection centered on the group and the event quite than the wives and girlfriends. In a message to Mrs Watt, Rebekah stated: ‘England will do their nut.’ Requested about an article concerning the Wags on the World Cup, Rebekah stated: ‘If I am trustworthy, I can not do not forget that in any respect.’ Mr Sherborne replied: ‘Effectively, I might a lot quite you had been trustworthy since you are in a witness field below oath.’

The court docket additionally heard a message she despatched to Coleen by which she recommended that her cellphone may have been hacked. She denied it was an try and divert suspicion away from her. In an uncomfortable change, she was additionally requested about an article which claimed the Rooneys’ marriage was over – whereas Coleen and Wayne sat toes away from her.

Coleen, 36, is anticipated to start out her proof within the £3million libel trial at present. She took copious notes all through former pal Rebekah’s proof and has reportedly signed a contract with Netflix to make a documentary concerning the trial. The case continues.

Wagatha Christie timeline: How Coleen and Rebekah’s long-running, vicious battle unfolded earlier than the eyes of the world 

September 2017 to October 2019 – The Solar runs plenty of articles about Coleen, together with that she travelled to Mexico to look into child ‘gender choice’ therapy, her plan to revive her TV profession and the flooding of her basement.

October 9, 2019 – Coleen makes use of social media to accuse Rebekah of promoting tales from her non-public Instagram account to the tabloids.

Coleen says she spent 5 months making an attempt to work out who was sharing details about her and her household based mostly on posts she had made on her private social media web page.

After sharing a collection of ‘false’ tales and utilizing a means of elimination, Coleen claims they had been considered by one Instagram account, belonging to Rebekah.

Rebekah, then pregnant together with her fifth youngster, denies the allegations and says varied folks had entry to her Instagram through the years.

She claims to be ‘so upset’ by Coleen’s accusation, later including: ‘I assumed she was my pal however she fully annihilated me.’

The general public dispute makes headlines around the globe, with the hashtag #WagathaChristie trending.

How it all began: On October 9, 2019, Coleen Rooney, now 36, accused Rebekah Vardy, 40, of leaking 'false stories' about her to the press in an Instagram post (above)

The way it all started: On October 9, 2019, Coleen Rooney, now 36, accused Rebekah Vardy, 40, of leaking ‘false tales’ about her to the press in an Instagram put up (above) 

Shortly after Coleen's public accusation, Rebekah - who was pregnant and on holiday in Dubai at the time - denied any involvement (above)

Shortly after Coleen’s public accusation, Rebekah – who was pregnant and on vacation in Dubai on the time – denied any involvement (above) 

February 13, 2020 – In a tearful look on ITV’s Unfastened Girls, Rebekah says the stress of the dispute precipitated her to have extreme anxiousness assaults and he or she ‘ended up in hospital thrice’. Coleen says in a press release that she doesn’t need to ‘have interaction in additional public debate’.

June 23, 2020 – It emerges that Rebekah has launched libel proceedings towards Coleen.

Rebekah’s attorneys allege she ‘suffered excessive misery, harm, anxiousness and embarrassment on account of the publication of the put up and the occasions which adopted’.

November 19-20, 2020 – The libel battle has its first Excessive Courtroom listening to in London. A choose guidelines that Coleen’s October 2019 put up ‘clearly recognized’ Rebekah as being ‘responsible of the intense and constant breach of belief’.

Mr Justice Warby concludes that the ‘pure and extraordinary’ that means of the posts was that Rebekah had ‘frequently and incessantly abused her standing as a trusted follower of Coleen’s private Instagram account by secretly informing The Solar of Coleen’s non-public posts and tales’.

February 8-9, 2022 – A collection of explosive messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt – which Coleen’s attorneys allege had been about her – are revealed at a preliminary court docket listening to.

The court docket is informed Rebekah was not referring to Coleen when she referred to as somebody a ‘nasty bitch’ in a single change with Ms Watt.

Coleen’s attorneys search additional info from the WhatsApp messages, however the court docket is informed that Ms Watt’s cellphone fell into the North Sea after a ship she was on hit a wave, earlier than additional info could possibly be extracted from it.

February 14 – Coleen is refused permission to deliver a Excessive Courtroom declare towards Ms Watt for misuse of personal info to be heard alongside the libel battle. A Excessive Courtroom choose, Mrs Justice Steyn, says the bid was introduced too late and former alternatives to make the declare had not been taken.

April 13 – Ms Watt will not be match to offer oral proof on the upcoming libel trial, the Excessive Courtroom is informed because the case returns for an additional listening to.

The agent revokes permission for her witness assertion for use, and withdraws her waiver which might have allowed Solar journalists to say whether or not she was a supply of the allegedly leaked tales.

April 29 – Rebekah ‘seems to just accept’ that her agent was the supply of allegedly leaked tales, Coleen’s barrister David Sherborne tells the Excessive Courtroom. He argues {that a} new witness assertion submitted by Rebekah suggests Ms Watt was the supply however Rebekah claims she ‘didn’t authorise or condone her’.

Rebekah’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson says the assertion didn’t comprise ‘any change no matter within the pleaded case’, together with her authorized group having no communication with Ms Watt.

Could 10 onwards – The trial begins.  

Group Rooney vs Group Vardy! Rebekah is supported by disaster supervisor who’s an knowledgeable in on-line status and a VERY burly bodyguard in Jamie’s absence – whereas Coleen has Hollywood’s favorite barrister

By Bridie Pearson-Jones for MailOnline 

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy have enlisted a few of the nation’s most interesting media consultants and authorized minds as they go face to face within the celeb trial of the last decade.

Yesterday was the second instalment of the £3million ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel trial between the 2 footballer’s wives which  featured a tearful look within the witness field, Whatsapp ‘gossip’ a few thriller celeb affair and but extra foul-mouthed textual content messages – all delivered to an finish by a fittingly dramatic hearth alarm.

Coleen publicly ‘outed’ her fellow WAG when she accused her of sharing three faux tales she had posted on her private Instagram with The Solar as a part of what she described as a social media ‘sting’ operation. Rebekah vehemently denied the allegation – main her to launch the dear authorized motion which noticed its second day on Wednesday.

Whereas Tuesday’s listening to dredged up Peter Andre’s alleged ‘chipolata’ manhood, yesterday centered on Rebekah’s relationship together with her agent Caroline Watt.

Within the Vardy nook is Hacked Off founder Hugh Tomlinson QC – in addition to two glamorous members of the authorized group, together with one who was as soon as named one of many ‘sexiest attorneys’ within the UK, and one other who’s a disaster supervisor who’s skilled in on-line status.

Vardy has additionally appeared alongside a safety guard – whereas Coleen does not seem to have any bodyguard by her when coming into court docket.

In the meantime, Coleen has been joined in court docket by her soccer famous person husband Wayne in addition to Hollywood’s favorite lawyer  David Sherborne and rising authorized thoughts Ben Hamer.

Right here, FEMAIL reveals who’s who on the trial that is saved the nation gripped… 


Dr Rosa Malley

In Rebekah’s authorized group is Dr Rosa Malley, 37,  an Affiliate within the Dispute Decision group at prime regulation agency Kingsley Napley.

Rosa was part of the Hacked Off marketing campaign and specialises in status and media issues, in keeping with her on-line bio.

She beforehand labored as a paralegal at prime metropolis regulation agency Mishcon de Reya, who led the Excessive Courtroom bid to cease Boris Johnson triggering Brexit.

One in every of their barristers, Anthony Julius, acted for Princess Diana in her divorce from Prince Charles.

In Rebekah's legal team is Dr Rosa Malley, 37, an Associate in the Dispute Resolution team at top law firm Kingsley Napley

In Rebekah’s authorized group is Dr Rosa Malley, 37, an Affiliate within the Dispute Decision group at prime regulation agency Kingsley Napley

Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City soccer player Jamie Vardy, leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London

Rebekah Vardy, spouse of Leicester Metropolis soccer participant Jamie Vardy, leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London

The agency additionally represented Heather Mills in her divorce case towards Beatles star Paul McCartney, earlier than separating ‘amicably’ from their shopper.

The corporate additionally acted for former Liberal Democrat Cupboard minister Chris Huhne when he confronted allegations of perverting the course of justice by ‘swapping’ dashing factors along with his spouse. Mr Huhne was later sentenced to eight months in jail.

Rosa obtained her PhD finding out the Illustration of Girls in British Politics at College of Bristol in 2011.

She works in pre and post-publication for broadcast media, and has additionally labored in disaster administration with politicians, sportspeople, celebrities and excessive profile prison defendants. 

Earlier than her authorized profession, Rosa labored in politics, as a researcher on the ThinkTank Institute for Authorities and as a Particular Initiatives Supervisor for the Hacked Off marketing campaign.  She additionally taught British Politics at Birkbeck, College of London.

Fittingly for the case in query, Rosa has expertise in on-line status and  abuse on social media.

Charlotte Harris

Like Rosa, Charlotte Harris, 44, labored at Hacked Off and for eminent regulation agency Mishcon de Reya.

Described as ‘some of the sought out privateness attorneys within the land’ she boasts a shopper base of ‘MPs, celebrities, PR consultants, sports activities brokers, sports activities folks’.

In 2013, she married  funding banker James Burr, with a really star-studded visitor listing together with Hugh Grant, MP Tom Watson, MP Chris Huhne, and Max Clifford.

Like Rosa, Charlotte Harris (pictured), 44, worked at Hacked Off and for eminent law firm Mishcon de Reya

Like Rosa, Charlotte Harris (pictured), 44, labored at Hacked Off and for eminent regulation agency Mishcon de Reya

On the marriage ceremony millionaire former Power Secretary Chris Huhne loved his final night time of liberty earlier than he was sentenced the subsequent day at Southwark crown court docket to eight months’ imprisonment. 

Writing within the Diary column for the New Stateman on the time, Mr Watson stated he ‘entertained’ the gathering of celebrities, MPs, bankers and extremely remunerated senior Mishcon workers with a karaoke rendition of the brand new wave anthem Teenage Kicks.  

Clearly magnificence and brains, she was named one of many nation’s sexiest attorneys in 2015 in a listing put collectively by the web site Authorized Cheek.

Charlotte has appeared earlier than Parliamentary Choose Committees all through her profession, together with the Leveson Inquiry and was described as a ‘power of nature and all the time prepared for a battle’ by Chambers and Companions Excessive Web Value Information in 2020.

Hugh Tomlinson QC 

Hugh Tomlinson QC, who’s representing Ms Vardy, is a top-flight privateness silk who has launched dozen of battles with the press in his 4 decade profession.

The Leeds-born, Oxford-educated lawyer final yr advocated efficiently in a declare towards a journalist and writer after she made false allegations that Roman Abramovich purchased Chelsea FC on Vladimir Putin’s orders.

He was one among a number of attorneys representing Russian oligarchs whose ethics had been questioned in parliament by the Conservative MP Bob Seely following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Hugh Tomlinson QC, who is representing Ms Vardy, is a top-flight privacy silk who has launched dozen of battles with the press in his four decade career

Hugh Tomlinson QC, who’s representing Ms Vardy, is a top-flight privateness silk who has launched dozen of battles with the press in his 4 decade profession

The lawyer was on the facet of Jeremy Clarkson’s ex-wife Alex Corridor when he tried to – however dropped – efforts to cease her claiming that they had an affair throughout his later marriage.

He additionally efficiently represented Prince Charles because the royal sought to cease the publishing of his Hong Kong journey diaries, saying public curiosity justifications had been ‘far-fetched’.

And in an earlier case, he gained substantial damages for Christopher Jefferies after press protection incorrectly related him with the homicide of his tenant Joanna Yeates in 2010.

A yr later he co-founded Hacked Off, the group campaigning for tighter media regulation, which he now chairs, and which has backers resembling Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan.

Tomlinson was born in Woodhouse in Leeds the place he went to Leeds Grammar College after which Balliol Faculty, Oxford, leaving with the highest first in PPE.

He then took up philosophical research at Sussex College earlier than going to the College of Paris in 1977. In 2000 he was a founding member of Matrix Chambers in London.

Who else is supporting Rebekah? 


Rebekah  has additionally been seen going into court docket accompanied by a burly safety guard – whereas Coleen does not seem to have any bodyguard alongside her.

She’s beforehand mentioned how safety is vital to her and added that she’s confronted threats since her feud with Coleen went public. 

She informed OK! journal forward of the 2018 World Cup that she and her household had been bringing their very own safety to the video games.

Rebekah has also been seen going into court accompanied by a burly security guard.

Rebekah has additionally been seen going into court docket accompanied by a burly safety guard.

Nicola McLean 

Fellow WAG Nicola McLean has seemingly thrown her help behind Mrs Vardy a number of instances – as soon as stating that Mrs Rooney is ‘not as non-public’ as she is taken into account whereas additionally insisting Mrs Vardy will not be within the fame recreation.

Nicola is married to Tom Williams, who now performs for Hashtag United of the Essex Senior League. Tom is a defender and midfielder and made almost 300 appearances within the Soccer League taking part in for quite a few golf equipment, together with QPR and West Ham.

The I am A Superstar… Get Me Out Of Right here star, who has been married to Tom since 2009, informed Nearer Journal in 2020: ‘I’ve had completely different experiences at completely different golf equipment however the WAG world could be a b****y imply ladies like existence…

‘There could be rivalry and unfriendliness with somebody within the group and the highest canine and there could be numerous drama. It is not simply wonderful holidays and designer garments there could be numerous behind-the-scenes politics between the women.’

On a few of the most well-known WAGS, she went on: ‘Numerous ladies need to emulate Victoria Beckham, Alex Gerrard, Elen Rivas – they dine out on the very fact they are a WAG and it may devour you.’

Nicola then identified that it’s not all it appears with Mrs Vardy and Mrs Rooney: ‘I do know some WAGs will solely have an interest within the hierarchy, fame and drama however I do not consider Rebekah is like that. She’s not fussed concerning the press or limelight.

‘Everybody thinks Coleen is actually non-public – however keep in mind she’s completed numerous interviews, books and even her personal TV present.’

Caroline Watt 

Mrs Vardy’s pal and agent, Ms Watt has featured in a few of the preliminary hearings, regardless of not being a celebration to the declare or giving proof on the trial.

She is a former Virgin Atlantic air hostess who has been Rebekah’s agent for the previous seven years, serving to to construct her profile within the nationwide media.

Stories that she now not represents her following the present controversy engulfing the 2 have been dismissed as inaccurate with Ms Watt remaining near Ms Vardy each professionally and personally.

Ms Watt, 39, is married to former footballer Steve Watt, who performed briefly for Chelsea, making one Premier League look for 2 minutes in 2005 and Swansea Metropolis. He’s at present supervisor of Kent non-league facet Hythe City they usually have two youngsters.

After leaving the airline business, Ms Watt started working as an agent on the planet of leisure, shortly growing a status for her communication abilities and talent to community.

She was previously employed by expertise company The Frontrow Partnership however left in 2019 to go it alone and took her most important shopper and shut pal, Ms Vardy together with her.

Ms Watt has been credited with constructing Ms Vardy’s public profile by making certain that she frequently featured within the nationwide media and in addition brokered the deal for her to seem on the hit actuality TV present I am A Superstar… Get Me Out Of Right here! in 2018.

Ms Watt began representing the high-profile WAG in 2015, when her husband, Leicester Metropolis striker Jamie Vardy shot to fame.

She is an everyday customer to the Vardy’s Lincolnshire house and in addition socialises with Ms Vardy, attending glitzy events and bars.

Her different shoppers embody the previous Web page 3 lady Nicola McLean however it’s Ms Vardy that has been the most important asset in her profession as an agent.


David Sherborne  

In contrast to Rebekah, Coleen arrived at court docket with simply her husband and never an entourage of attorneys.

Nonetheless, her authorized group is simply as spectacular and versed on the planet of celeb as her fellow WAG’s.

David Sherborne, 53, who has been dubbed one among Hollywood’s favorite attorneys, is performing for Mrs Rooney.

He was lead counsel for victims of press intrusion within the Leveson inquiry, and represented Johnny Depp in his libel swimsuit towards The Solar. In November 2020, the Excessive Courtroom dominated that Depp had misplaced his case.

In September 2020, Sherborne was dropped from the Duchess of Sussex’s authorized group in her case towards The Mail on Sunday following an early setback.

Sherborne’s earlier shoppers additionally embody Princess Diana, Melania Trump, Sir Paul McCartney, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and Harry Kinds.

His father was a QC, however whereas he comes from a authorized household, he’s seen as a ‘insurgent’ in some ways as a result of his obvious fondness for the limelight.

A former colleague informed The Occasions: ‘He likes to current a enjoyable, outgoing persona and may be very limelight-seeking. All the opposite barristers in chambers had been hyper-critical of him breaking the foundations.’

Whereas he is identified for rubbing shoulders with A-listers, Tattler and Night Customary each commented he’s ‘so good-looking’  he could possibly be a star himself.

The twice-married barrister was revealed to be having an affair with a member of Lord Leveson’s junior counsel, Carine Patry Hoskins in 2013-.

Ms Hoskins, dubbed the ‘considering man’s Pippa Middleton’ -was Lord Leveson’s quantity two, whereas Mr Sherborne was defending Hugh Grant and different hacking  victims.

Ben Hamer

There was a uncommon second of sunshine reduction amidst the morning’s fierce cross-examination when Mr Sherborne talked about that his junior, Ben Hamer, 29,  was ‘very adept at looking on-line by way of social media on his cellphone.’

Rebekah shot again, with out smiling: ‘I do know, Mr Hamer follows me on Twitter’ to laughter within the court docket.

However this is not Ben’s first celeb case. He is beforehand  Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard  and acted for the claimant in Blackledge v Individual(s) Unknown the place libel and harassment damages of £70,000 had been awarded towards the Defendant. 

The Durham College graduate was first referred to as to the Bar in 2017 at Lincoln’s Inn, the place he was a Lord Bowen and Lord Denning scholar.

Very achieved at a younger age, he is beforehand was offered with the Benjamin Franklin Home Literary Prize for his work on free speech and pretend information. 

He now offers pre-publication recommendation to varied publications resembling The Occasions and The Sunday Occasions in addition to HarperCollins and Bloomsbury publishers. He’s safety cleared to SC stage.

Ben started as a tenant at 5RB after profitable completion of pupillage at Chambers. His supervisors had been Adam Wolanski QC, Jonathan Barnes QC, Richard Munden and Adam Speker QC.

Ben was referred to as to the Bar in 2017 at Lincoln’s Inn, the place he was a Lord Bowen and Lord Denning scholar.

In 2017, Ben was offered with the Benjamin Franklin Home Literary Prize, run at the side of the Each day Telegraph, for his writing on free speech, social media and ‘faux information’. As an undergraduate, he edited Palatinate, the place he gained the Hunter Davies Prize for Pupil Journalism.


Mrs Justice Steyn

The Excessive Courtroom choose overseeing the case, Mrs Justice Steyn (pictured proper) was appointed in 2019 and sits within the Queen’s Bench Division – the a part of the Excessive Courtroom which offers with defamation, private damage and breach of contract claims.

In addition to overseeing the ‘Wagatha Christie’ declare, different outstanding circumstances she has heard embody Arron Banks’ libel declare towards journalist Carole Cadwalladr and the FDA union’s unsuccessful authorized problem over Boris Johnson’s determination to help Priti Patel following bullying accusations.

The daughter of former Regulation Lord Lord Steyn, Mrs Justice Steyn lined quite a lot of circumstances as a barrister, together with a case over the growth of Heathrow airport.   

Who else is on Group Coleen? 


Coleen has been joined in court docket by supportive husband Wayne, with whom she shares 4 youngsters, whereas Jamie Vardy is but to be pictured in court docket.

Wayne, who has been with Coleen for the reason that age of 16, final performed with Jamie for England in 2016.

Each husbands have saved largely quiet on the conflict, nonetheless Wayne did be aware in his Sunday Occasions column earlier than final yr’s European championships that he would have drafted Jamie Vardy into the England group.

He added: ‘Some folks could also be stunned at this, particularly with the authorized case between my spouse and Jamie’s spouse.’

The previous Premier League and England striker will take to the witness stand at London’s Excessive Courtroom the place he will probably be questioned below oath over how a lot he knew about his spouse’s ‘Wagatha Christie’ investigation.

Coleen has been joined in court by supportive husband Wayne, with whom she shares four children, while Jamie Vardy is yet to be pictured in court.

Coleen has been joined in court docket by supportive husband Wayne, with whom she shares 4 youngsters, whereas Jamie Vardy is but to be pictured in court docket.

A supply near the case informed MailOnline: ‘Wayne is 100 per cent going into the witness field and that is simply going so as to add to the drama of the entire event. Hugh Tomlinson is a really skilled barrister, and this could possibly be one of many hardest opponents Wayne has ever confronted.

‘Rebekah’s attorneys are adamant that he needs to be cross examined below oath about how a lot he knew about what Coleen was getting as much as and that the reality will emerge.’

Ms Rooney has all the time maintained that no one was conscious of her ‘sting operation’ when she determined to put up plenty of faux Instagram tales and ultimately restrict who may see them to simply Ms Vardy. Three of those had been later revealed in The Solar and are on the centre of the sensational libel battle.

However Ms Vardy’s attorneys insist that a number of folks may have been the supply of the leaks and that Ms Rooney informed Wayne and others about what she was getting as much as whereas additionally sharing particulars of the false posts with them.

Along with giving proof, Wayne, the previous Manchester United striker who’s at present supervisor of Derby County, can also be anticipated to accompany his spouse when she attends the Excessive Courtroom for the trial, which is anticipated to final every week.

In the meantime, when Rebekah furiously denied the allegation in a prolonged Twitter assertion, her husband confirmed his help by liking her put up. 


Mrs Rooney thanked her followers and stated there ‘are numerous actually good folks’ on the planet in an Instagram story in February 2022.

And alongside together with her devoted followers, the WAG has additionally been publicly supported by Danielle Lloyd, who got here forth with related claims about Mrs Vardy resulting in a row between the duo on social media in 2019.

Mrs Lloyd made a thinly-veiled dig at Mrs Vardy after weighing in on the Mrs Rooney row throughout an episode of This Morning.

Mrs Rooney thanked her fans and said there 'are a lot of really good people' in the world in an Instagram story in February 2022. And along with her devoted fans, the WAG has also been publicly supported by Danielle Lloyd, who came forth with similar claims about Mrs Vardy leading to a row between the duo on social media in 2019.

Mrs Rooney thanked her followers and stated there ‘are numerous actually good folks’ on the planet in an Instagram story in February 2022. And alongside together with her devoted followers, the WAG has additionally been publicly supported by Danielle Lloyd, who got here forth with related claims about Mrs Vardy resulting in a row between the duo on social media in 2019.

The TV persona detailed her ‘related run-ins’ with the footballer’s spouse, earlier than Mrs Vardy claimed Mrs Lloyd was solely upset as a result of she did not ‘recruit’ one among Jamie’s footballer buddies for her after her divorce from Jamie O’Hara

This got here amid reviews that lots of the WAGs had distanced themselves from Mrs Vardy on the time and had been busy ‘scrutinising’ previous conversations together with her, following the fallout from her feud with Mrs Rooney.

Following Mrs Lloyd’s look on This Morning, Mrs Vardy was fast to retaliate, as she took to Twitter to say that the TV persona’s admission was ‘utter b******s’ and their feud was sparked by her refusal to attempt to discover Mrs Lloyd a person following her cut up from Jamie [O’Hara].

She wrote: ‘Danielle Lloyd making false claims on @thismorning that we’ve got had ‘related run-ins’ is utter b****cks. She is simply fuming that I ‘did not get Jamie recruiting’ for her like she requested me to…’