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Whistleblowing

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Oakwood Solicitors Ltd has a dedicated team of leading Employment law solicitors and support staff, helping clients nationwide.

We are able to offer expert advice on all potential claims you may have against your employer, in both Employment Tribunals and the Civil Courts. We work to maximise your damages whilst keeping all costs to a minimum.

What is whistleblowing?

A whistleblower is someone who reports certain types of wrongdoing or suspected wrongdoing (that is in the public interest) to their employer or relevant organisation.

Blowing the whistle at work can be a stressful time as you may feel like you have done the wrong thing, feel like you have betrayed your colleagues or manager or perhaps you have started to be treated differently since you blew the whistle.

Whatever the situation, Oakwood Solicitors has an experienced team of employment lawyers that can assist you before, during or after you have blown the whistle.

I have not blown the whistle at work but I think I need to. How do I blow the whistle and when should I?

If you reasonably believe (and it is in the public interest) that one or more of the following matters is either happening, has taken place, or is likely to happen in the future then you should report the wrongdoing or suspected wrongdoing to the relevant individual/organisation:

  • A criminal offence
  • The breach of a legal obligation
  • A miscarriage of justice
  • A danger to the health and safety of any individual
  • Damage to the environment
  • Deliberate attempt to conceal any of the above.

You may have a Staff Handbook at work which includes within it a whistleblowing policy. It is important to read this policy so that you report the wrongdoing or suspected wrongdoing to the appropriate person within the workplace. This person is generally referred to as a ‘whistleblowing officer’.

However, there may certain situations where the is no appointed internal whistleblowing officer or, it may be more appropriate to the report the wrongdoing to the relevant organisation in which the wrongdoing relates.

If you have any concerns in relation to blowing the whistle please contact Oakwood Solicitors for further advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What rights do whistleblowers have?

Whistleblowing, also known as ‘making a protected disclosure’, is potentially a ‘protected act’ under employment law. This means that employees who are aware of unlawful activity in the workplace, and report it, should not be subjected to any detriment as a result, or dismissed due to making this disclosure.

For employees making a disclosure against their employer, it can, understandably, be a stressful process. In some cases, it can even result in the employee suffering a psychiatric injury. There is often an overlap between a whistleblowing claim in the Employment Tribunal, and a civil claim for Stress at Work.

You are not required to have a specific length of service with your employer to be protected as a whistleblower (unlike a claim for unfair dismissal for example that requires the employee to have the qualifying length of service, which is currently 2 years).

Have you been treated differently since you have whistleblown?

Once you have whistleblown, you could experience bullying or other detrimental repercussions very quickly.

If you have noticed any difference in the way you are treated at work or you have suffered detriment since whistleblowing please contact Oakwood Solicitors as soon as possible to see how we can help.

Why should I choose Oakwood Solicitors Ltd?

You will have a dedicated advisor who will see your claim through from start to finish, assisting you in the event of any queries or issues you may have. If it is preferable to you, we are able to assign a female advisor to carry out your claim.

Your case handler will also continue to provide regular updates until the conclusion of your claim, ensuring the process is as stress-free and effortless as possible.

What do I do now?

If you believe or feel you have a claim, contact us for a free initial consultation regarding your options:

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