Employees are often encouraged by their employers to report any form of wrongdoing or malpractice which they see in the workplace. This act of reporting is commonly referred to as ‘blowing the whistle’ or ‘whistleblowing’ as you are raising awareness of wrongdoing. 

Making such a protected disclosure is important in order to prevent harm, and any possible breaches of a legal obligation by the business and to help improve processes in the workplace. 

In order to encourage people to do this there are laws in place to protect whistleblowers from being penalised. If your employer treats you badly as a result of your whistleblowing you may have a claim. Protection from whistleblowing applies from day one of employment. There is no requirement for two years’ service as with claims for standard unfair dismissal.

David Greenhalgh is an expert whistleblower lawyer and has years of experience in advising senior executives and employees on whistleblowing. David is here to offer expert advice and guide you through to ensure you are protected and have the best possible outcome, whether you have already blown the whistle or you are thinking about doing so in the future.

What Is Whistleblower Protection?

Whistleblower protection is a form of legal safeguarding put in place as part of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1988. In order to be classed as a whistleblower and get this protection the employee needs to be raised a concern about the following criteria need to apply, such as:

  • a criminal offence;
  • breach of any current or likely legal obligation by the business (this needs to be wider than a breach of a legal obligation to just the employee); 
  • a miscarriage of justice;
  • a breach of health and safety legislation; 
  • damage to the building or the environment; 
  • concealment of information which would show any of the above.

How Can David Help as Your Whistleblower Lawyer?

At Employment Lawyer London, David offers expert advice so you can understand whether you are a whistleblower and if so what your legal rights are. David can offer initial advice and help you understand your employer’s whistleblowing policy and what protection is available for you as well as the best course of action depending on whether you have already whistleblown or whether you wish to do so correctly. He can also offer expert knowledge and support when you feel you have been unfairly treated because you have whistleblown including exit and negotiation strategy. Ways in which you may be detrimental as a result of your whistleblowing, which may include:

  • demotion or dismissal; 
  • hostility or exclusion;  
  • pressure to resign. 

If you are experiencing any of this ill treatment after having whistleblown or if you need advice on how to do so please contact David by either phone, email or by filling in the online contact form to see how he can help you.

Why Choose David as Your Whistleblower Lawyer 

David has over 25 years of experience helping employees and senior executives with whistleblowing and all forms of employment law. David’s clients are at the heart of everything he does. He always strives to not only achieve the best possible results but also ensure that careers are kept on track and that reputations remain intact and undamaged. So, if you’d like to work with an employment lawyer who will offer expert advice and support, get in touch.

Contact David For Whistleblowing Advice and Support 

Being a whistleblower, no matter the circumstances, can be tough for employees. That’s why it’s important to have the right support in place to ensure you understand the legal position, and that you are legally protected when doing the right thing. David is an expert in this field and has worked on many whistleblowing cases achieving fantastic results for his clients. Find out more about how he can help with your whistleblowing case by filling in the online contact form.

Whistleblowing FAQs

What Are The Different Types Of Whistleblowing?

There are two main types of whistleblowing:

  • Internal whistleblowing – This is the most common type of whistleblowing and it is when a member of an organisation will report wrongdoing to another member of the organisation. 
  • External Whistleblowing – This is when a member of an organisation will report wrongdoing to an external body of the organisation e.g. a regulator. 

What Type Of Law Protects You When Whistleblowing?

The law that protects whistleblowers is the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. It protects whistleblowers from any form of detrimental treatment and from wrongful dismissal as a result of having raised their concerns.

What Happens if A Whistleblower is Wrong?

When investigated, if it is found that the whistleblower knew the complaint to be false or did so for personal gain then the employer may take disciplinary action against the employee.