The full list of law firms and barristers acting in the phone-hacking trial that started at the Old Bailey last week reveals a stellar cast.

The eight defendants face various charges following the closure of the News Of the World in 2011. All eight deny all charges.

More than 20 barristers and six law firm teams are involved, including four prosecuting counsel led by Andrew Edis QC from 2 Hare Court.

Rebekah Brooks (pictured), who has instructed Kingsley Napley, is represented by Jonathan Laidlaw QC, also of 2 Hare Court and two juniors; he replaces Cloth Fair Chambers’ John Kelsey-Fry QC.

Andrew Coulson (pictured) has instructed DLA Piper and is represented by Cloth Fair’s Timothy Langdale QC together with two juniors.

Former NoW editor Ian Edmondson has instructed Bark & Co and is represented by 2 Hare Court’s Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, leading 2 Bedford Row’s Christine Agnew.

Stuart Kuttner, former NoW managing editor, has instructed Simons Muirhead Burton and is represented by Jonathan Caplan QC and Nicholas Griffin QC.

Farrell Matthews & Weir is instructed by NoW former royal correspondent Clive Goodman, with Hollis Whiteman’s David Spens QC and Benn Maguire.

Brooks’ former personal assistant Cheryl Carter has engaged Henri Brandman & Co which has instructed Trevor Burke QC of Three Raymond Buildings and Emma Collins.

Brooks’ husband Charlie is represented by Kingsley Napley and Neil Saunders from Three Raymond Buildings.

Brooks’ head of security Mark Hanna is represented by HowardKennedyFSI, with William Clegg QC of 2 Bedford Row leading Duncan Penny from 7KBW.

Mr Justice Saunders is hearing the case, which is expected to last until Easter.