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Choosing to be charitable with knowledge – a call to action this Pro Bono Week

This Pro Bono Week Halima, a legal secondee from Baker McKenzie, shares her thoughts on the importance of pro bono work and that being charitable doesn’t always have to be financial, it can be the giving of time, expertise, or kindness. Protect is extremely grateful to all the organisations and individuals who dedicate their time, insight, skills and support for our charity.

Top five memorable moments from Protect’s 30th anniversary conference

Guest post from Georgia, trainee solicitor and legal adviser. As a very new member to the Protect team, the 30th anniversary conference on the 5th of October came at a perfect time, giving me a great introduction to the work of the charity and the opportunity to meet a whole host of journalists, lawyers, politicians ... Read more

Whistleblowing Summer School

Elevate Your Expertise in Whistleblowing Join the Whistleblowing Training Summer School In the month of July, Protect is excited to announce our Whistleblowing Training Summer School, where you can unlock safe whistleblowing practices and become an invaluable asset in creating a robust speak-up culture. Are you passionate about or involved with fostering a culture of … Read more

Should UK regulators be paying more rewards to whistleblowers?

They say everything’s bigger in America. This month, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)  announced it will increase the maximum amount it pays out to whistleblowers providing information on cartel activity from £100,000 to £250,000. It may sound a lot, but it’s dwarfed by the $279 million paid out to a single whistleblower by ... Read more

New Chair of Trustees for Protect- the UK’s whistleblowing charity

Press release Wednesday 31 May 2023 New Chair of Trustees for Protect- the UK’s whistleblowing charity Protect is delighted to announce the appointment of Lucy McLynn as the new chair of trustees, to replace Paul Boyle OBE who is standing down after six years in the role. Lucy McLynn is Head of Employment and partner ... Read more

Protect’s View of the Whistleblowing Review 

May 2023  It has been a long-time coming, but the Government have announced their plans to review the whistleblowing legal framework.  As our whistleblowing laws approach a quarter-century, this review is well overdue.    Whistleblowing review  The review has been under consideration since 2017, where it was promised as part of the Anti-Corruption Strategy with ... Read more

Report recommends Fire and Rescue Services improve whistleblowing procedures

Fire and Rescue Services need to improve whistleblowing procedures to address cultural concerns The Minister of State for Crime, Policing and Fire commissioned an independent report on values and culture in the fire and rescue services (FRSs). The report findings are stark and shows that the FRS is falling short of the high standards which ... Read more

Protecting our Plates – Whistleblowing in the Food Sector

The Food Standards Agency (“FSA”) - a prescribed body for whistleblowers to raise health concerns in the food supply chain - has come under fire this week after fraudulent pork found its way to the shelves of almost all major UK supermarkets. An investigation conducted by Abi Kay from Farmer’s Weekly revealed longstanding and widespread ... Read more

The legal challenges for FCDO whistleblower Josie Stewart and the case for whistleblowing reform in the civil service

In this blog Protect Legal Adviser Gabriel Radonich details the legal tests for media whistleblowing, and the challenges facing civil service whistleblowers. In December 2021, in the wake of the chaos surrounding the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, Josie Stewart became a whistleblower. A senior official at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), she had ... Read more

Update on the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill 

Update on the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill This month saw the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill debated in the Lords for it's Second Reading. The bill introduces new powers for Companies House, tightens up rules for Limited Partnerships and introduces new intelligence gathering powers for law enforcement.  It is a follow up ... Read more