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Protect’s Head of Advice & Advocacy blogs on Lewis Silkin secondment 

Whilst Protect does a lot of work with businesses on helping them improve their whistleblowing arrangements, in my role as the Head of Advice, most of my typical day at Protect was previously spent supporting individuals. During my six-month secondment at law firm Lewis Silkin, which began in March, I worked across the Employment and Commercial Dispute Resolution ... Read more

Time to level up speaking up across all sectors

In a guest blog for the National Guardian’s Speak Up Month, Protect Chief Executive Liz Gardiner says ‘it’s time to level speaking up across all sectors’ The record number of healthcare workers speaking up to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians is good news for patient safety and for us all. Our mantra at Protect, the … Read more

Can a whistleblowing policy help prevent fraud and strengthen cyber security?

Cybercrime is one of the most disruptive frauds that organisations face so we need tools that improve protections for businesses – and indeed for customers, clients and the wider public affected by fraud. PWC’s global economic crime survey 2020 revealed fraud and economic crime are at record highs in the UK, and FCA and others … Read more

Our latest newsletter is out!

Our latest newsletter has been published – read about our shortlist for the Law Society’s ‘Excellence in Law Awards 2021’ for  ‘Excellence in upholding the Rule of Law’ and our work supporting whistleblowers during Covid. Toxic workplaces have been hitting the headlines over the past few months… if you work in HR, compliance, or oversee … Read more

My Protect secondment – ‘a rewarding experience with a crack-team of experts’

Michael Szlesinger, a trainee solicitor at Lewis Silkin LLP, joined Protect for six months on secondment and shares his experience of his time with Protect. “When I started my secondment, I had little knowledge of employment law – let alone the niche area of whistleblowing law. Moreover, I came from a commercial law background, where … Read more

Whistleblowers – the lifeblood of democracy  

Brittany Winner, the sister of intelligence whistleblower Reality Winner, renowned Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and US whistleblowing lawyer, Mary Inman all came together to take part in a webinar hosted by journalist Martin Bright, Editor of the Index on Censorship, an organisation campaigning for freedom of expression to discuss the effect whistleblowers have on ... Read more

Why calling out wrong doing in the security and intelligence community needs reform

Last month former intelligence contractor whistleblower Reality Winner was finally released from jail for leaking classified information. But many argue  she and Chelsea Manning before her, had very little choice but to knowingly commit a crime by leaking information to the media. Whistleblowers in the security service in the UK and US need greater protections … Read more

Are judges a have, or have not when it comes to whistleblowing protection?

District Judge Claire Gilham gave the following presentation as part of our Let’s Fix UK Whistleblowing Law webinar, ‘Whistleblowing in the workplace – the haves & have-nots’ on 29 June “ I am what many people would regard is a bog-standard district judge. District judges are the general practitioner of civil courts. We deal with ... Read more

No Lugano Convention – what’s next for UK-EU whistleblowing disputes?

Introduction Cross-border disputes between the UK and its European neighbours have, thanks to Brexit, become that bit more complicated. The two main regimes governing jurisdiction in cross-border disputes, namely the Brussels I Regulation and the Lugano Convention 2007 ceased to apply in the UK as of 1 January 2021. The Brussels Regulation I sets out the ... Read more