Employer and Employee Representation
If a person has been unfairly dismissed, been discriminated against or been treated detrimentally in some other manner because he or she has made a protected disclosure (whistleblowing allegation), that individual may bring a claim against his or her employer. Skilled legal representation, whether you are an employee or employer, is critical. We at Waldegraves represent both employers and employees in protected disclosure (otherwise known as whistleblowing) claims and other employment law matters.
The Benefits of Working with Waldegraves
Those who work with the team at Waldegraves benefit from our in-depth knowledge of the law, our vast range of experience and our high level of commitment. Principal Jake Dutton is a solicitor advocate, meaning he is qualified to advocate for clients in higher courts. He and our team have handled complex employment law issues and understand the intricacies and details of this complex area of law. We make it a priority to stay in the forefront of changes in legislature and be familiar with recent case law.
A whistleblowing claim must involve one or more of these categories: criminal offences, failure to comply with a legal obligation (such as bullying) or other offences such as breach of contract, health and safety matters, damage to the environment, etc. Even if the employee is mistaken about the allegation, the importance with the claim is that the allegation was made in good faith.
Additionally, the employee must make the disclosure to a prescribed person, such as his employer. Only under particular circumstances can the disclosure be made to an external person.
Whistleblowing vs. Unfair Dismissal
Unlike in unfair dismissal claims, the employee does not need to be employed continuously for a year. Also, in a successful claim the employee may be entitled to compensation for emotional injuries, distress, trauma and anxiety. However, there are distinctions between contract workers and employees. We can discuss such distinctions with you in further detail.
Defence Against a Claim — Employers
Without the expertise of a competent solicitor, employers may be at risk for a significant financial impact in a whistleblowing claim. At Waldegraves, we understand the defence techniques that need to be used to fully protect an employer's rights and how to minimize liability and any negative repercussions.
Also Representing Clients in Kew, Chiswick, Southall, Shepherds Bush, Kent, Essex, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey and Acton — Protected Disclosure Solicitors
Please contact Waldegraves by phone on 0203 603 5377 or via our online contact form. Our London whistleblowing solicitors are happy to schedule consultations at your convenience.