Cliff Richard turns to BCL Burton Copeland and Michael Simkins after police raid

Media boutique Michael Simkins and City-based BCL Burton Copeland have been brought in to represent Sir Cliff Richard following a police raid on the star’s home last Thursday (14 August). 

The police search on Richard’s Berkshire home relates to accusations of sexual assault against a boy in 1985. Richard denies the allegations and no charges have been made.

Michael Simkins has been appointed to deal with the reputational aspects of the investigation, with reputational specialist and former Schillings partner Gideon Benaim leading the firm’s work.

The firm appointed crime and regulatory specialists BCL Burton Copeland to deal with any criminal or other matters arising from the investigation. BCL Burton Copeland senior partner Ian Burton is reported to have met with the singer on Monday (19 August).

Burton’s clients include Mohamed Al Fayed and Nigella Lawson. He was also instructed by publicist Max Clifford over charges of sexual offences that saw Clifford jailed for eight years in May (7 December 2012).

There has been mounting criticism of the BBC after the corporation made the decision to broadcast the raid live on Thursday.

Labour MP and chairman of the commons home select committee Keith Vaz has written to BBC director general Tony Hall and the South Yorkshire police over the matter.

Michael Simkins and BCL Burton Copeland teamed up recently to represent the manufacturer of an intravenous liquid called Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) ITH Pharma. The company was at the centre of an investigation into contaminated drip feeds linked to the poisoning of babies in UK hospitals in May.