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Protect ‘highly commended’ in Law Society Awards

Protect has been highly awarded by the Law Society Excellence in Law Awards 2021.

The Awards, for ‘excellence in upholding the rule of law’ during the pandemic where our Advisers saw an unprecedented rise in calls – 20% – and were able to quickly move to remote working to support whistleblowers. Our report ‘The Best Warning System – Whistleblowing During Covid-19′ highlights the importance whistleblowing to ensure the law applies to all.

The report  examined over 600 Covid-19 calls to Protect’s Advice Line. The majority of cases were over furlough fraud and risk to public safety, such as a lack of social distancing and PPE in the workplace.

Protect Chief Executive Liz Gardiner said, “This is fantastic recognition of the work of our wonderful advice team during the pandemic last year, when we faced unprecedented demand for our services.  It is also pleasing to be recognised for our role – and that of whistleblowing – in upholding the rule of law.”

The other commendation went to the Public Law Project,  and the winner was Rook Irwin Sweeney.