07:06, July 26 309 0 theguardian.com

2018-07-26 07:06:05
BBC agrees to pay Cliff Richard's legal bills over privacy case

The BBC has agreed to pay lawyers’ bills run up by Sir Cliff Richard during their high court privacy dispute, a judge has been told.

A lawyer representing the singer gave Mr Justice Mann the news at a high court hearing in London on Thursday.

Justin Rushbrooke QC did not give an overall figure, but said BBC chiefs had agreed to pay £850,000.

Richard told the trial he had spent more than £3m on the case.

Gavin Millar QC, who leads the BBC legal team, said it was “appropriate” for the BBC to pay legal costs incurred by Richard relating to issues determined as a result of the trial earlier this year.

The singer sued the corporation over BBC coverage of a South Yorkshire police raid on his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014, following a sexual assault allegation.

Earlier this month, Mann ruled in his favour following a trial in London.

The judge concluded that the coverage was a “very serious” privacy invasion and awarded Richard £210,000 in damages.