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Whistleblowing Protection

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Our Whistleblowing Protection Team

Those individuals who make “Public Interest Disclosures” (or whistleblowers) perform an essential role by having the courage to speak out about misconduct, corruption and fraud.

Whistleblowing cases are often at a junction of employment law, criminal law and public policy and frequently involve a greater degree of investigation and scrutiny than other claims.

As an employee, you may not even be aware that you have “whistleblown”; you may have thought that you were raising a legitimate concern with your employer. This can come at significant personal risk; the risk of retaliation against you, leading to unexplained career detriments and the consequential financial losses.

Employers faced with an allegation of such detriment, the consequences can be significant, both financially and reputational.

Encouraging whistle-blowing helps protect society from the dangers of corruption and misconduct. If you have been retaliated against as a result of whistle-blowing, let us come to your aid.

Members of the team have appeared for both employees and major employers, private and public.

Here are some examples of our work:-

  • Mr W v a Company  - Nick Singer for the successful Respondent in a difficult whistleblowing case, which covered a large number of allegations.
  • Carrington v. Sanofi Ltd – Nicholas Bidnell – Edwards acted for the Claimant against a major pharmaceuticals company to bring claims of whistle-blowing and constructive unfair dismissal in a five day hearing against a leading employment silk.
  • M Gibbs v Haringey Council - Paul Gurnham for the respondent. Crematorium worker’s claim of whistle-blowing and disability discrimination found misconceived and costs awarded to the council.

News & events

2019 Annual Employment Lecture: What if ... your boss was an algorithm?

42 Bedford Row invites you to their 2019 Annual Employment Lecture on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at 18.00pm: Followed by a drinks reception where you will get the opportunity to meet the speakers and members from our employment team. 42 Bedford Row are delighted to announce that Professor Jeremias Adams-Prassl will deliver our 2019 Annual Lecture.

10th September 2019 Read more

L v Q Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1417

Safia Tharoo acted for Q Ltd in this case The Court of Appeal (Bean LJ and Rose LJ) has handed down its judgment in the case of L v Q Ltd, which was heard at short notice in light of the importance of the issues involved.

15th August 2019 Read more

McNeil v HMRC [2019] EWCA Civ 112

McNeil v HMRC [2019] EWCA Civ 112 answers the question of whether a tribunal should approach “particular disadvantage” in equal pay and indirect discrimination cases by reference to averages or differential distribution? Differential what?! Rad Kohanzad provides a summary on McNeil v HMRC [2019] EWCA Civ 112

4th July 2019 Read more

Employment Newsletter

Welcome to the latest roundup from our barristers at 42 Bedford Row Employment Practice, with the latest news and unique insights from our team.

23rd August 2018 Read more

Employment Newsletter

Welcome to the latest roundup from our barristers at 42 Bedford Row Employment Practice, with the latest news and unique insights from our team.

29th January 2018 Read more

Stefan Liberadzki represents Employment Tribunal claimant who successfully establishes “employee” status for claim under the Equality Act

In EP v The Gym Ltd, the Claimant (referred to here as ‘EP’) was engaged by a nationwide chain of low-cost 24-hour gyms as a “freelance personal trainer”. His claim for disability discrimination arises from the Respondent’s termination of his contract on the grounds of absence from work, which he says was caused by a medical condition amounting to a disability.

4th January 2018 Read more

Employment Newsletter

Welcome to the latest roundup from our barristers at 42 Bedford Row Employment Practice, with the latest news and unique insights from our team.

25th October 2017 Read more

2017 Annual Employment Lecture: The Common Law Constitution At Work

42 Bedford Row invite you to their 2017 Annual Lecture on Thursday 28th September 2017 at 18.00pm: Followed by a drinks reception where you will get the opportunity to meet the speakers and members from our employment team. 42 Bedford Row are delighted to announce that Professor Alan Bogg will deliver our 2017 Annual Lecture.

11th September 2017 Read more

Employment Newsletter

Welcome to the latest roundup from our barristers at 42 Bedford Row Employment Practice, with the latest news and unique insights from our team. ET fees. What now? Yesterday employment practitioners up and down the land celebrated Unison’s victory in the Supreme Court but now as the news sinks the judgment raises many questions.1.

21st August 2017 Read more

Tiffin v Chief Constable of Surrey

Reading ET handed down Judgment yesterday in the much publicised case of Tiffin v Chief Constable of Surrey dismissing all claims. Ben Uduje acted for the Chief Constable. Overweight policewoman quits the force ‘after being pressured to pass a bleep test’

26th July 2017 Read more

Employment Newsletter

Welcome to the latest roundup from our barristers at 42 Bedford Row Employment Practice, with the latest news and unique insights from our team over the last month or so. An employee is thinking of quitting? Whoever is involved write it all down! I link a good article here in the Independent, as to the

3rd July 2017 Read more

Nicholas Bidnell-Edwards proved that an NHS Bank Healthcare Assistant working on a zero hours’ contract had been an employee though she had no obligation to accept work offered to her

Nicholas succeeded in proving that a Bank Healthcare Assistant was an employee within the meaning of Section 230 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 even though the Tribunal Judge found that: i) the Healthcare Assistant was under no obligation to accept any offer of work, and was not guaranteed a minimum amount of work; ii)

10th April 2017 Read more

Chambers is proud to announce that 3 February 2017 saw the second annual 42 Bedford Row Disability Law Essay Prize take place at the University of Oxford

This year’s question concerned employment law and challenged students to think about how the law should be framed so as to ensure that persons with disabilities receive equal remuneration for work of equal value. Students and attendees were given the opportunity to question a panel consisting of Lord Justice Bean, Professor Alan Bogg of Oxford

23rd February 2017 Read more

Jude Shepherd delivers a webinar in partnership with Masterclass Training

Jude Shepherd delivers a webinar in partnership with Masterclass Training, looking at the causes of the gender pay gap and the steps being taken to close the gap by introducing mandatory gender pay gap reporting. The new Regulations have a target introduction date of 1 October 2016. Listen to the recording of the webinar to

25th July 2016 Read more

Unison (no 2) v Lord Chancellor and EHRC

This week Susan Chan of 42BR has appeared for the Lord Chancellor in the second judicial review challenge to the employment tribunal fees system brought by the union Unison. A year ago Susan successfully defended the tribunal fees scheme against Unison’s first challenge, which was backed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

23rd October 2014 Read more

Haq -v- Audit Commission – Judgment

In a new equal pay decision Haq v Audit Commission the Court of Appeal upholds the Respondent’s “genuine material factor” defence based on a form of “pay protection ”. The policy entailed that on reorganisation, employees kept the higher pay level of their old jobs where the new and old jobs were in the same

7th December 2012 Read more