Cliff Richard: 'Outing' of suspects can never be completely stamped out, says leading solicitor

Cliff Richard: 'You're never going to achieve a perfect situation to protect people's reputations', says leading solicitor

Cliff Richard (Getty)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

There will never be a perfect system in place to protect the names of people accused of a crime, according to a leading solicitor.

Antonia Foster was speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer after Sir Cliff Richard said he will be "forever tainted" by false sex abuse allegations made against him. 

Richard is backing a campaign to ensure suspects of crime are not named unless they have been charged, and is also suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police for a raid on his house which was shown on television.

Foster, a specialist in media litigation and reputation management, told Julia Hartley-Brewer there is a legal argument as well as a moral one for identities to be hidden until a person is charged.

However she explained guidance at the moment says that leaks will continue to happen - and there will never be a foolproof solution to prevent such disclosure from happening.

Listen to the full interview above