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Richard v The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) & Anor (2018) EWHC 1837

The BBC has failed to persuade an English High Court judge to allow it to appeal its ruling on a privacy case involving Sir Cliff Richard.
 
Sir Cliff successfully sued the BBC over its coverage of a 2014 police raid on his home, following an allegation of child sexual abuse.  He was never arrested and did not face any criminal charges.
 
The High Court of England and Wales ruled that the BBC’s reporting of the incident represented a very serious privacy invasion and awarded Sir Cliff £210,000 in damages.
 
On 26th July the BBC asked the High Court for permission to appeal the judgment arguing that the damages award was ‘wrong in law’ and would have an adverse effect on the freedom of the press.  However, Mr Justice Mann, disagreed and said that an appeal did not have a real prospect of success.  The judge added that there was no other compelling reason why Court of Appeal judges should hear the case.
 
There has been much commentary on the High Court decision.  Read the UK Human Rights Blog’s article here.  Read an article by Olivia O’Kane, Carson McDowell Solicitors, here.