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An expectation of privacy in a spent conviction? XKF provides some practical guidance

In the case of XKF v BBC [2018] EWHC 1560 (QB), Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing granted a privacy injunction to a former police officer, anonymised in these proceedings as XKF, to prevent the BBC from broadcasting film footage of him recorded at or near his home on 13 March 2018. Facts In July 2003, XKF…

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Suspect Anonymity: is it actually feasible?

Former popstar and baby-boomer heart-throb Cliff Richard is suing the BBC for breach of privacy regarding its report that he had been accused of a sexual offence, and also its coverage in 2014 of the subsequent police raid on his home. The BBC coverage included use of a helicopter, and broadcasting the police search through…

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Defamation and privacy claims: making a statement in open court

In Sir Cliff Richard OBE v the BBC and Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police [2017] EWHC 1648 (Ch), Mr Justice Mann reviewed the law on statements in open court, and the grounds upon which the court might refuse to permit them. Upon acceptance of a settlement offer in a libel, slander, malicious falsehood, and/or misuse of private…

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Breach of privacy: BBC ordered to disclose information about Sir Cliff Police source

Although he has settled his claim against South Yorkshire Police (see our blog here), Sir Cliff Richard’s privacy and data protection claims against the BBC arising from the broadcaster’s coverage of the 2014 police raid of his home, continue in earnest. Sir Cliff contends that the BBC’s Dan Johnson found out about the police investigation…

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Breach of privacy: Sir Cliff Richard settles claim against South Yorkshire Police

Following a high-profile, televised police raid on his Berkshire home in 2014, Sir Cliff Richard issued claims against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police for the misuse of his private information, infringement of his Article 8 ECHR right to a private life, and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. In a recent hearing before…

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Iain Wilson interviewed by BBC News about Piers Morgan/JK Rowling Twitter spat

Brett Wilson partner Iain Wilson has been interviewed by BBC London News and provided expert comment on the Twitter spat between Piers Morgan and JK Rowling, and the potential legal ramifications of tweeting.

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Defamation Case: BBC defeats defamation claim brought by iman accused of espousing extremism

What issues did this case raise? In the case of Begg v British Broadcasting Corporation [2016] EWHC 2688 (QB), the claimant, the Chief Imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre, sued the BBC for libel following a broadcast of Sunday Politics on 3 November 2013 during which Andrew Neil, the host of the show, said the following words…

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Iain Wilson discusses combating 'sextortion' on television and radio

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson took part in TV and radio interviews for BBC Points West and BBC Wiltshire on 23 November 2016 to offer an expert’s view on the latest sextortion racket. The radio interview can be found here (1 hr 38 min).

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Iain Wilson on BBC Three Counties Radio discussing revenge porn a year after its criminalisation

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson has been interviewed by Justin Dealey on BBC Three Counties Breakfast Show.  Mr Wilson was asked to take part in the show to provide an expert’s view on the impact of ‘revenge porn’ legislation, one year after it came into force. The interview can be found at the BBC website (2hrs 8mins):- The BBC has…

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Criminal law: Crown Court conviction rate falls below 80%

A study carried out the by BBC which considered data gathered from the Crown Prosecution Service has found that Crown Court conviction rates have fallen below 80% for the period 2014-15.  An explanation being that in the same period more than 12,600 cases were discontinued, an increase of nearly 1,700 on the previous year and…

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