Lewis Power KC and Colin Witcher succeed in Bashir Panorama Defamation Claim 

Lewis Power KC
By: Lewis Power KC May 5, 2023
Colin Witcher
By: Colin Witcher May 5, 2023

In an unusual defamation case, Lewis Power KC leading Colin Witcher successfully acted on behalf of Alan Waller who brought an action against the BBC for defamation, arising from the fabrication of his bank statements at the instruction of the BBC’s former journalist, Martin Bashir.​ 

The matter was resolved by way of a settlement reached last year, however was recently finalised by the resolution of costs. 

As reported in the media, the payment to Mr Waller brought to an end a series of settlements made by the BBC to victims of Bashir’s actions. In total, the corporation is said to have paid out in the region of £2.7 million, which includes £1.5 million to charities chosen by the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex.

Counsel were instructed by James Saunders who led the expert litigation team at Saunders Law.

Relevant media: 

Diana Panorama interview: BBC settles with Earl Spencer aide – BBC News

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