Sir Cliff Richard privacy case: BBC announces decision not to seek permission to appeal

16 08 2018

The BBC has announced that it will not seek permission to appeal against the judgment of Mann J awarding Sir Cliff Richard privacy damages of £210,000 ([2018] EWHC 1837 (Ch)). Read the rest of this entry »





News: Sir Cliff Richard wins privacy claim against BBC, general damages of £210,000

18 07 2018

Mr Justice Mann today handed down judgment in the case of Sir Cliff Richard OBE v BBC [2018] EWHC 1837 (Ch)).  The Judge held that the BBC’s reporting infringed Sir Cliff’s privacy rights. General and aggravated damages of £210,000 were awarded. A further hearing will be held to assess special damages. Read the rest of this entry »





Case: XKF v BBC, Former police officer granted injunction to restrain broadcast of interview highlighting criminal past – Tom Dane

12 06 2018

In XKF v BBC former police officer applied for relief restraining the broadcast by the respondent BBC of an interview of him recorded near his home. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 13, Closing submissions concluded, judgment reserved.

10 05 2018

On the last day of the trial in the case of Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Mr Justice Mann heard the final closing submissions from the BBC’s Counsel, Gavin Millar QC.   Judgment was reserved and will be handed down at a later date. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 9, Editor “not concerned” by raid helicopter footage – Media Lawyer

25 04 2018

A senior BBC editor told Mr Justice Mann that he had no concerns about the broadcasting of images taken from a helicopter during coverage of a police search of Sir Cliff Richard’s home nearly four years ago. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 8, Editor: BBC could have faced criticism for not reporting investigation – Media Lawyer

24 04 2018

The BBC might have faced criticism if it had not reported that Sir Cliff Richard was the subject of a police investigation, an editor has told a High Court judge.  Gary Smith told Mr Justice Mann that the BBC could have been accused of not reporting a matter of high public interest because the singer was a high-profile figure. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Privacy Trial, Day 1, Opening Submissions

13 04 2018

The trial in the case of Sir Cliff Richard v BBC began today before Mr Justice Mann in Court 15 of the Rolls Building.  The day was taken up with the opening submissions of Justin Rushbrooke QC for Sir Cliff and Gavin Millar QC for the BBC. Read the rest of this entry »





Unveiling BBC talent’s pay is a deliberate attempt to undermine a great British institution – Steven Barnett

20 07 2017

Anyone who seriously believes that a government dictat obliging the BBC to reveal salaries of its top talent was genuinely driven by concerns about accountability should look carefully at those who champion the cause. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Judge orders Metropolitan Police to provide information to BBC in Cliff Richard privacy case

4 04 2017

At a hearing on 3 April 2017, Mr Justice Mann made an order that the Metropolitan Police Service (“MPS”) provide information about Operation Yewtree to the BBC, the first defendant in to a privacy claim brought by Sir Cliff Richard. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Begg v BBC, Imam fails in “extremist speaker” libel claim – Aidan Wills

18 11 2016

shakeel_begThe BBC has successfully defended a libel claim brought by the Chief Imam of Lewisham Islamic Centre in relation to comments made by Andrew Neill during a live interview in November 2013. In Shakeel Begg v BBC ([2016] EWHC 2688 (QB)), Haddon-Cave J held that allegations that the claimant is an extremist speaker who has promoted jihad are substantially true. Read the rest of this entry »