Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2017] All ER (D) 33 (Jun)
Neutral Citation: [2017] EWHC 1291 (Ch)
Court: Chancery Division

Mann J

Representation Justin Rushbrooke QC and Godwin Busuttil (instructed by Simkins LLP) for R.
  Gavin Millar QC and Aidan Eardley (instructed by BBC Litigation Department) for the BBC.
  Adam Wolanski (instructed by DWF LLP) for SYP.
Judgment Dates: 26 May 2017


Confidential information - Disclosure - Source of information provided to journalist - Police carrying out raid on flat of claimant celebrity - Raid being filmed by first defendant BBC - Journalist working for BBC, J, being told of raid in advance - Police bringing no further action against claimant - Claimant alleging infringement of privacy rights and rights under data protection legislation - Claimant making application for information concerning J's knowledge of his source - Whether application should be allowed - .

The Case

Confidential information Disclosure. The Chancery Division allowed an application by the claimant, Sir Cliff Richard, for an answer to a question concerning the sources of a journalist working for the first defendant BBC. The issue arose in the context of a raid carried out by the second defendant police force at the claimant's home, which had been extensively covered by the BBC, and which had resulted in no further investigation into the claimant. The court held that, balancing the appropriate factors, the interests of the claimant outweighed those of the journalist and his source.

Practice Areas

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