Matrix QC defends BBC’s reporting of Cliff Richard police search


In August 2014 BBC News reported on the execution of a search warrant by South Yorkshire Police at an apartment in Berkshire owned by Sir Cliff Richard. The investigation was into an allegation of sexual activity with an under-16. The force had told the BBC of the time and place of the search. Sir Cliff was not charged with any offence. He then sued both the police and the BBC for invasion of privacy and unlawful processing of personal data. The force has settled Sir Cliff’s claim. This is the trial of Sir Cliff’s claims against the BBC. The defendants each have contribution claims against each other. This is the first time claims of this sort have been tried in this country and the trial is expected to last for 2 weeks. Gavin Millar QC is representing the BBC.