Martin Hickman, former senior journalist on The Independent and co-author of a gripping account of the hacking scandal will be reporting from court for Hacked Off during the opening stages of the first major phone hacking trial. Filing daily reports, he will summarise the main developments and introduce readers to the key questions in what is expected to be a complex and lengthy case. Hickman started his career with local newspapers, Reuters and the Press Association. He joined The Independent as a news editor in 2001. He became Consumer Affairs Correspondent in September 2005, writing on food, personal finance, energy and clothes retailing. He led campaigns against factory-farmed chicken, payment protection insurance, restaurants keeping tips and the use of wild animals in circuses. In 2010 he was named Journalist of the Year by the Foreign Press Association in London, for an investigation into a common food ingredient, palm oil. With Tom Watson, he is author of a new book on the phone hacking scandal, Dial M for Murdoch – News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain. His latest book, about energy efficiency in the home, is called Save Your Energy. He tweets at @martin_hickman.