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ADVICE LINE

Our free and confidential Advice Line

Our Advice Line is the beating heart of our charity. Since 1993, when we formed, we’ve supported almost 45,000 whistleblowers. This year is on course to be our busiest yet, significantly surpassing last year’s total number of cases (3188).

The public interest concerns we advise on are very diverse. Calls come from every sector, ranging from care home workers worried about residents’ well-being, teachers wanting to know what to do about concerns over finances or governance of their schools, bank staff facing money laundering concerns, factory staff unhappy over the safety of products, breaches of food and hygiene practices, patient safety and fraud issues.

Our advice team consists of staff who all have legal qualifications, have completed several months of our own training and are supervised by lawyers. As far as possible, each case is handled by the same adviser from start to finish which ensures continuity and consistency for the caller.

We can offer you expert, practical advice by telephone (020 3117 2520), email or letter. Everything you share with us is confidential and protected by legal privilege.

How can we help?

About Protect

With more than 25 years expertise built through supporting over 45,000 whistleblowers through our Advice Line, we understand whistleblowing like nobody else.

What we can help with:

What we can't help with:

  • As a legal advice service we offer free expert advice around whistleblowing protection
  • We listen and ask the right questions to get a clear picture on complex cases
  • Offer support and in some cases, referrals to pro bono lawyers in exceptional cases
  • Act as a respected and trusted legal ‘third party’ e.g. writing to a regulator or Government
  • Help highlight your whistleblowing concern in the media, if suitable
  • We are not general employment lawyers so cannot provide general employment law advice
  • We do not advocate at the Employment Tribunal, so we cannot represent you
  • We are not a regulatory body, so cannot investigate your whistleblowing concerns

Legal Message

Information communicated to us has lawyer-client privilege – this means all communications between us and people who contact us for advice cannot be disclosed without the permission of the individual who contacted us. Protect is a legal advice service and our solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales.

What is PIDA?

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