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Employees may feel the need to blow the whistle if they suspect their employer is engaging in activities which could constitute wrongdoing. Examples of these include:
- Fraudulent trading practices
- Employment of illegal workers
- Concerns around health and safety
- Criminal offences
- Unsafe working conditions or practices
- Breaches of Health and Safety legislation
Whatever your circumstances, our whistleblowing solicitors are perfectly placed to assist.
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TARGETED WHISTLEBLOWING ADVICE
Effectively dealing with whistleblowing claims requires a delicate balance of compassion and tenacity. Whether you’re launching or defending a case, you need to be totally confident that your legal representation fully understands your circumstances and will work tirelessly to defend your interests.
Experience is also key, as you’ll want to make sure you’re working with a law firm that is comfortable with the intricacies of your case, however complex it may be. Given the often sensitive nature of such claims, it’s important for you to feel fully supported at all times — whichever side of the fence you’re on.
Thursfields’ whistleblowing solicitors have successfully represented employees and businesses of all sizes, across all areas of industry. Such is their skill and expertise, their involvement has often been crucial in securing a positive result.
Whether you’re an employee bringing a claim or a business defending accusations of wrongdoing, you can rely on our whistleblowing protection solicitors to help.
Director & Head of Employment Law
A specialist employment solicitor, Jonathon has extensive experience in working with both employers and employees to resolve workplace disputes across a range of cases — including unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, sex discrimination, age discrimination, TUPE and unlawful deduction of wages. His experience as a former police officer allows him to see the bigger picture and approach issues with a pragmatic and practical view to solving problems.
Jonathon is keen to work with employers to put robust policies and procedures in place at the outset and throughout employment to avoid litigation where possible. He is regularly instructed to draft employment contracts and staff handbooks, and also attends and conducts disciplinary and grievance meetings for his clients. Recognised by the Legal 500, Jonathon is proud of his reputation of being easy to talk to and giving clients peace of mind that they are making the right decision.
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Tailored Support for
No two whistleblowing cases are ever the same. Each will have its own complexities that need to be unravelled and dealt with efficiently. Your position as an employer or employee also means you’ll have different goals and will require varying levels of support. It’s therefore essential to work with a law firm who can tailor their service to match your needs, leaving you reassured you’re in safe hands.
Whatever your circumstances, the whistleblowing solicitors at Thursfields have the expertise you need to bring about a swift and satisfactory resolution. We take the time to understand your situation and will devise a bespoke strategy that is designed to deliver your desired results. Our team is committed to robustly defending your interests and providing support throughout the entire process.
We’ve acted on behalf of leading multinational corporations and their employees, and have amassed a great deal of experience across all areas of industry — including agricultural, technology & telecoms, manufacturing, retail, and healthcare. This means that whatever your case entails, no matter how intricate the details, you can rely on us to get the job done.
A Holistic Service
Whistleblowing cases can sometimes result in an employment tribunal claim, especially if an employee feels they have been mistreated after making a disclosure. Should these circumstances arise, we provide targeted support to individuals and businesses alike, so you can be confident that your interests will be protected if the situation escalates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whistleblowing is a popular term for making a public disclosure about, dishonesty, malpractice, or other incidents which might constitute wrongdoing. Provided certain qualifications are met, an individual who has decided to blow the whistle will be protected by law. Protection comes in the form of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 — also known as the Whistleblowers’ Act.
Under the Public Disclosure Act, whistleblowers can be protected in a number of ways, provided they have made a “qualified disclosure”. The methods of protection include:
- The employee should not need to resign
- A whistleblower is expected to be safe from unfair treatment
- The worker cannot be dismissed as a result of whistleblowing
Unfortunately, circumstances do arise where employees have been adversely affected by making qualifying whistleblowing claims. In these situations, it is possible for them to begin a case at an employment tribunal.
The Public Interest Disclosure Act is designed to protect employees and other workers (such as agency staff, freelancers, and trainees) should they decide to blow the whistle. It’s important to understand, however, that protection is only offered if the individual makes a “qualified disclosure”.
Examples of these include situations involving criminal activity, health and safety breaches, or miscarriages of justice. If you’re ever unsure where you stand, you should seek advice from specialist whistleblowing solicitors at your earliest opportunity.
While there are generally no requirements to whistleblow, you may be obligated to do so if you are under a legal code of conduct with a qualifying authority. Examples of this include:
- Doctors and the General Medical Council
- Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
- Solicitors and the Solicitors Regulation Authority
- Senior Employees and the Financial Conduct Authority or Prudential Regulatory Authority
Specialist whistleblowing solicitors can assist at every stage in the process. This means that whether you’re thinking of blowing the whistle, are being subjected to less favourable treatment after blowing the whistle, or have been dismissed from your position due to whistleblowing, you can rest assured that your best interests will be protected.
For employers, whistleblowing solicitors can help you defend claims and address the technical issues surrounding true whistleblowing complaints.
For comprehensive support from experienced whistleblowing solicitors, get in touch with our team today.