Brooks was appointed editor of the News of the World in 2000, editor of The Sun in 2003 and chief executive of News International in 2009. She resigned from the latter post over the phone hacking scandal on 15 July 2011. Brooks' was arrested shortly after her resignation on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption. Brooks was the 10th person to be arrested over the phone hacking scandal and immediately her lawyers appointed David Wilson (PR) the chairman of Bell Pottinger Communications to deal subsequent with media enquiries. Her lawyer, Stephen Parkinson of Kingsley Napley solicitors had previously advised Tony Blair over the Hutton inquiry, and Sir Ian Blair and other officers during investigations arising out of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. 
- Lisa O'Carroll, Rebekah Brooks: where it all went wrong, The Guardian, 16 July 2011.
- Juliette Garside, Rebekah Brooks's arrest came as a surprise despite fortnight of bad press The Guardian, 17th July 2011, accessed 14th December 2011