Comic Jim Davidson turns to Henri Brandman & Co after sex offences arrest

Henri Brandman is representing comedian Jim Davidson after the latter’s arrest on suspicion of sexual offences.

Henri Brandman
Henri Brandman

The principal of Henri Brandman & Co Solicitors issued a statement confirming he was instructed to act for the former BBC game show host following Davidson’s arrest by Operation Yewtree detectives on Wednesday. He has not yet instructed counsel.

Operation Yewtree was set up by the Met Police in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal and has three separate strands for matters relating to the late DJ and for other historic accusations unrelated to Savile. It is understood that Davidson was arrested under this third, unrelated, strand of the investigation.

Brandman said his client, who presented long-running BBC One shows Generation Game and Big Break, “vigorously denies” the allegations.

He added: “Two women have made allegations in respect of Jim that date back approximately 25 years. The complainants were then in their mid 20s. He answered police questions as fully as he is able after this passage of time.”

Brandman added that Davidson had not been charged with any offence and has been bailed until March.

There have been nine Operation Yewtree arrests so far including household names Freddie Starr, Dave Lee Travis and Garry Glitter.

Last month PR guru Max Clifford was arrested under the same inquiry. He vowed to clear his name and has instructed BCL Burton Copeland partner Ian Burton and John Kelsey-Fry QC of Cloth Fair Chambers to act for him (7 December 2012).

Brandman has a high-profile practice specialising in sports, entertainment and crime and is also West Ham United’s solicitor.

He is also representing several defendants in criminal charges related to News of the World (NoW) phone-hacking charges.

Brandman represents ex-The Sun chief reporter John Kay, who is facing a charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office relating to alleged payments to public officials for information (20 November 2012).

Brandman is also advising former NoW chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, former news editor Greg Miskiw and Rebekah Brooks’s former personal assistant Cheryl Carter, all of whom are facing one charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice. The trial is set for this September and Brandman has instructed Three Raymond Buildings’ Hugh Davies, Patrick Hill and Trevor Burke QC to represent Thurlbeck, Miskiw and Carter, respectively (26 September 2012).