It is against the law for an employer to dismiss or victimise a worker who makes a ‘protected disclosure’, otherwise known as whistle blowing.
The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 protects employees who raise concerns about possible wrongdoing in the workplace. This protection covers a wide range of workers and is effective from day one of work, unlike unfair dismissal protection.
Laws exist to protect people who blow the whistle where they believe:
- Legal obligations are being broken
- Someone’s health or safety is in danger
- There is or will be damage to the environment
- A criminal offence is being or will be committed
- Wrongdoing is being covered up
It is generally expected that workers should raise their concerns with their employer in the first instance, but there may be cases where it is more appropriate to report wrongdoing more widely.
Our experienced employment law specialists can support you if you think you should be blowing the whistle, or have been unfairly dismissed or treated badly due to whistle blowing.
Whistle Blowing Fees
We offer a professional yet personal service at competitive prices. You can be sure to receive a great value service with peace of mind over costs. We will always provide you with clear information about the costs involved in us handling your case.
There are a range of payment options depending on your case and Howells provides services with a range of fixed fees or competitive and affordable hourly rates. If your case is suitable and after an assessment of the case we believe it has good merits, we can also offer a damages based agreement (also known as ‘no win, no fee’). For further information see here.
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We’ll listen carefully to you, clarify what you’re trying to achieve, and then explain if and how we can help you. We will take some initial information and liaise with a legal professional regarding your case. If it looks like we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.
Our Employment team, is renowned for its no-nonsense, energetic and pragmatic approach. Its success isn’t just down to its extensive knowledge of the law, it’s also the way we pride ourselves on putting our client first, getting to know you and understanding what you want to achieve. To get the best results for you and achieve commercially sensible outcomes it is essential that we understand your business.
The team is highly regarded, with recommendations from many clients. The professional guide, Legal 500, also ranks Howells employment team highly in Sheffield and South Yorkshire;
Legal 500 2018
"The 'friendly and approachable' employment team at Howells is known primarily for its representation of employees in tribunal claims. Clare Fowler and Tom Bernard jointly head the team, which is supported by head of civil litigation Graham Hogarth. Fowler has particular experience delivering discrimination advice, while Bernard is recommended for his 'balanced advice, thorough and clear communication' in relation to claims. The team has recently handled disability discrimination claims, in addition to unfair dismissal claims under TUPE. The practice also has experience acting for SMEs, including advising one employer on a complex redundancy matter."