The Dyson Report (“the Report”) has generated much media coverage. In an exercise in journalistic self-flagellation, the BBC has widely reported the trenchant criticisms set out in the Report, together with the BBC’s grovelling apologies for the serious failures identified by Lord Dyson.
Martin Bashir’s interview of Princess Diana has been dubbed “the interview of the century”. The circumstances in which it came into being and the subsequent cover up has proved almost as riveting as the interview.
The Report itself is a fascinating read for anyone engaged in commissioning or conducting internal investigations. Here are a few points of interest:
The Report – whose findings have been accepted in full by the BBC – is as impressive a document as you would expect from the former Master of the Rolls. Not many organisations would be able or willing to incur the costs (estimated at “around £1.4 million”) associated with such a Rolls Royce investigation but the value of instructing someone of independence, intelligence and integrity to investigate knotty or controversial issues is evident from this exercise.
Daniel Tatton Brown K.C. specialises in employment law. He is experienced in carrying out workplace investigations or determining grievances.