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Employment law provides wide ranging protection for whistleblowers at work.

A whistleblower is a person who, in the public interest, makes a disclosure about matters such as criminal offences, breaches of legal obligation and health and safety matters.  This can extend to disclosure concerning, for example, the breach of employment contracts of a group of employees.

Whistleblowers are protected from unfair dismissal (including constructive dismissal) and from detriment, for example, disciplinary action, demotion or failure to promote an individual.

The level of importance attached to the protection afforded by the whistleblowing legislation is reflected by the following:

  • no qualifying period of employment is required to make a whistleblowing claim;
  • the protection is afforded not only to employees but also to former employees, directors, contractors, agency workers and some partners and LLP members;
  • Employment Tribunal awards are unlimited and can include awards for ‘injury to feelings’ similar to those made in discrimination cases. There are a number of examples where whistleblowers have been awarded compensation in the hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The lack of a requirement for qualifying employment and the unlimited scope for compensation in a whistleblowing claim means that such a claim is an attractive claim for an employee or worker to raise, often alleging that treatment received from the employer is as a consequence of some earlier grievance or complaint raised.

The legislation is complex and designed only to protect genuine whistleblowers.  In order to achieve whistleblower protection, individuals must ensure that the disclosure is in the public interest, has relevant content and has been raised in an appropriate manner.

Our Employment lawyers are experienced in representing employers facing whistleblowing claims and they are skilled at undermining claims made on a frivolous basis or otherwise lacking merit.

Although, the whistleblowing legislation imposes no positive obligations on employers to implement a whistleblowing policy, we often recommend that employers adopt such policies as a means of managing risk.  Our Employment lawyers are also able to assist in implementing appropriate policies and procedures.

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We also work closely with our clients to ensure that we meet their expectations both in terms of their objectives for a particular piece of work and in relation to costs. In addition, we are happy to discuss fixed fees and retainer arrangements and agreements if that is helpful to you.

Finally, your work is carried out by a solicitor in the team, who knows your business best. It is also carried out at the appropriate level, depending on the complexity, sensitivity and importance of the matter.

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Our Promise

The Myerson Promise - Our Partners, team of lawyers and support staff commit to giving our clients more.

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To always give you clear, jargon-free advice.
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To be completely transparent about our fees from the outset.
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Progress every matter in an efficient and timely matter.

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Our core values are at the centre of everything we do.

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We are always professional but ensure that we are friendly and approachable.
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We are determined and enthusiastic about supporting our clients and our people.
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We willingly take responsibility and can be relied on to be commercial, effective and efficient.

Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Joanne Evans

Joanne Evans

Jo is a Partner and Head of our Employment department

Joanne Henderson

Joanne Henderson

Jo is a Partner in both our Employment and Compliance departments

Charlotte Gilbert

Charlotte Gilbert

Charlotte is a Senior Solicitor in our Employment department

Helen Littlewood

Helen Littlewood

Helen is a Senior Solicitor in our Employment department

David Jones

David Jones

David is a Senior Solicitor in our Employment department

Patrick Byrne

Patrick Byrne

Patrick is a Solicitor in our Employment department

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