The law in England and Wales offers special rights and protection for workers who disclose wrong doing by their employers to a third party in specific circumstances.
It is against the law for an employer to discriminate against or dismiss a worker because she/he blew the whistle on wrong doing by the employer.
A whistleblower must believe that their disclosure about wrong doing or criminal activities by an employer is in the public interest.
A whistleblower is protected by law if they report any of the following:
- A risk to a person’s health and safety
- A criminal offence
- Covering up of wrongdoing
- A miscarriage of justice
- No insurance / wrong type of insurance
- Risk of or actual damage to the environment
Our expert solicitors offer legal advice if you are concerned about possible wrongdoing or criminal activity by your employer.
Our services for claims related to whistle blowing include the following:
- Taking your initial instructions, perusing your documents and advising you on the merits and likely compensation
- Negotiation / pre-claim conciliation through ACAS to explore whether a settlement can be reached
- Preparing claim form ET1 and Grounds of Claim setting out your case
- Reviewing and advising on the claim or the response from the other party
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
- Preparing or considering a Schedule of Loss
- Preparing for (and attending) Case Management Hearing
- Exchanging List of Documents and copies with the other party
- Taking witness statements and drafting statements
- Preparing the bundle of documents for the Final Hearing
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including preparing instructions to the barrister
The time frame from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation/negotiation, your case is likely to take 3-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 9-12 months.
This time frame is an estimate and may change should any unforeseen complexities arise. We will always inform and provide you with a revised estimate.