The grouping Whistleblowers UK has produced a report examining if Employment Tribunals in the UK are the right institution to handle whistleblowing cases, and aims to open the debate by examining the evidence.  A research team from the University of Greenwich analysed Employment Tribunal judgments in England and Wales, for cases that included a Public Interest Disclosure claim, between 2015 and 2018.  A total of 603 cases were included in the analysis.  Included in the study were only those cases that went to at least preliminary hearing. Cases that were withdrawn before preliminary hearing were discounted.  Its finding include that only 12% of whistleblowers whose cases go to preliminary hearing at Employment Tribunals in England and Wales are successful, whistleblowers are suffering more and longer than before, are receiving less legal support than before, and while whistleblowing cases commonly include a discrimination claim, those are the least successful whistleblowing cases. The report says that findings support the urgent establishment of the Office of the Whistleblower, as a centre of expertise, mandated to make interventions that increase access to justice.




Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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