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WHISTLEBLOWING: Much ado about nothing?

05 September 2014  

Jillian Naylor and Michal Stein analyse the government’s response to its call for evidence on the whistleblowing regime

In 2013/14, the employment tribunals received over 2,200 whistleblowing-related claims, with the most controversial cases being pored over in the press. Moreover, whistleblowing reports to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) increased by 35% during 2013. Against this backdrop, the government recently published its response to its whistleblowing framework call for evidence, which acknowledged that the legal framework does not always fulfil its aim of preventing malpractice. Few measures are, however, to be introduced as a result of the government’s review, which has led Public Concern at Work (the whistleblowing charity) to describe the response as ‘a missed opportunity’ that leaves ‘some gaping holes in the law’.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    BP Plc v Elstone & anor [2010] UKEAT 0141/09/3103

    Clyde & Co LLP v Bates van Winkelhof [2014] UKSC 32

    Panayiotou v (1) Chief Constable Paul Kernaghan; (2) Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire [2014] UKEAT 0436/13/1604