Andy Coulson wins costs appeal

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Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson won his appeal yesterday against a High Court ruling that News Group Newspapers (NGN) does not have to pay his legal costs arising from the phone-hacking affair.

Coulson, 44, who resigned in February 2007, sued NGN over a clause within a severance agreement. He went to court seeking a declaration that the company “must pay the professional costs and expenses properly incurred” by him “in defending allegations of criminal conduct”.