Protect welcomes Sybille Raphael as its new Legal Director who will supervise our increasingly busy Advice Line – which has seen a 37% rise in calls this year – and co-ordinate our legal case work and policy work.
Sybille, an experienced solicitor and employment law specialist, leaves her previous role as Head of Legal Advice at Working Families where she managed the award-winning Legal Advice Services of the charity (winner of the Law Society Excellence In-House Award in 2018 and Lexis Nexis 2020 In-House Team of the Year finalist). Sybille also led on Working Families’ pro bono programme which involves volunteer solicitors from private practice forming an integral part of the legal advice function.
“I am delighted to be joining the key player in whistleblowing law, a truly inspiring charity that does such important work. Access to justice and transparency and collaboration in the workplace are two of my key tenets. I relish the opportunity to be part of Protect’s ambitious reach, and look forward to working with employers to develop a ‘speak up culture’, empowering workers to raise concerns when things can be done better and taking an active part in the policy work of the charity in next year’s targeted campaigns for improved legal protections.”
Protect Chief Executive Liz Gardiner said, “We are delighted to welcome Sybille Raphael as Protect’s new Legal Director. An employment solicitor with many years of experience leading an advice team in the charity sector, I am sure she will be a great asset to Protect.”