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Former Met chief linked to court case over bugging of Ritz owner Sir Frederick Barclay
The Sunday Times
Sunday June 21 2020
Yesterday’s Sunday Times has reported that a firm of private investigators headed by the former Metropolitan police commissioner Lord Stevens faces an enquiry by the privacy watchdog over a bugging operation at the Ritz hotel in London.
The billionaire Sir Frederick Barclay was secretly recorded at the hotel, which members of his family owned until three months ago, after a bug was planted by his nephew Alistair.
It has been alleged in the High Court that the operation breached data-protection laws and other people may also have been unwittingly recorded.
Quest Global, part of a London investigative group headed by Stevens, invoiced for 405 hours to listen to and transcribe the recordings, according to evidence in a court judgment.
It is also alleged it provided a wi-fi bug.