Justice system ‘put at risk’ by Ministry of Justice’s data-sharing project – Daily Telegraph

‘UK courts’ software system is accused of unlawful detentions and wrongful arrests, and whistle-blowers say the system is faulty and unsafe.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2022

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NHS whistleblower Shyam Kumar wins case against regulator – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2022 in compensation, doctors, employment, hospitals, news, unfair dismissal, whistleblowers by tracey

‘A doctor who was sacked for raising patient safety concerns has won a case against England’s hospital regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).’

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BBC News, 5th September 2022

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14,000 online whistleblowers prompt HMRC crack down on furlough fraud – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 25th, 2022 in benefits, coronavirus, fraud, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘UK businesses have been warned to expect a crackdown on furlough fraud by one legal expert, after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) revealed that almost 14,000 whistleblowers had come forward with information about misuse of the scheme.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th August 2022

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Met police take ex-officer who made claims of sexism and racism to court – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police is taking a former senior officer to court, claiming her allegations of racism and sexism broke an agreement meant to gag her from speaking out, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2022

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Labour MP unfairly sacked senior adviser who called him ‘first class idiot’, tribunal finds – The Independent

‘A Labour MP unfairly dismissed his aide and ex-girlfriend after she felt “marginalised and isolated” in the months leading up to her losing her job, a tribunal has found.’

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The Independent, 3rd August 2022

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The Bill of Rights Act 2022 and employment law: free speech implications – by Gus Baker – UK Labour Law

‘The “Bill of Rights Bill” (the “Bill”), introduced to Parliament on 22 June this year, has the potential to have significant implications for employment law. Once tribunals and courts accept the Bill’s exhortation to give “great weight” to freedom of speech, the consequences for workplace relations may be profound.’

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UK Labour Law, 6th July 2022

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Serious incidents more common in for-profit children’s homes in England – The Guardian

‘Serious incidents involving the police and whistleblowing complaints are more common in private children’s homes run to make a profit than in homes run by charities and councils, data suggests.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2022

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SRA seeks whistleblowing role as part of SLAPPs action – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is set to make it easier for law firm staff to blow the whistle on their employers, as part of its work on strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs).’

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Legal Futures, 23rd June 2022

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The whistleblowing bankers who were sent to jail – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2022 in banking, fraud, interest, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘Two traders jailed for rigging interest rates were the original whistleblowers of the scandal, the BBC has learned.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2022

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Brook House detention centre whistleblower ‘abuse’ inquiry begins – BBC News

‘A public inquiry into the mistreatment of immigration detainees has heard a BBC Panorama documentary revealed “shocking” treatment which had “no place in a decent and humane” system.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2021

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Frances Haugen to testify to MPs about Facebook and online harm – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2021 in bills, bullying, duty of care, fines, harassment, internet, news, whistleblowers by tracey

‘The Facebook whistleblower is to give evidence to MPs and peers scrutinising the online safety bill, amid calls for a toughening up of the landmark legislation.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2021

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Facebook whistleblower claims checked for breach of UK law – BBC News

Posted October 14th, 2021 in children, internet, mental health, news, privacy, whistleblowers by sally

‘The data-privacy watchdog has written to a Facebook whistleblower, requesting her full evidence to see whether the technology company has broken UK law.’

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BBC News, 13th October 2021

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NHS child gender identity clinic whistleblower wins tribunal – BBC News

‘A woman who raised concerns about the safety of children at an NHS gender clinic has been awarded £20,000 in an employment tribunal case.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2021

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Worcestershire NHS managers knew cancers missed due to X-ray backlog – BBC News

‘Senior managers at an NHS trust knew up to 30 cancers may have gone undetected two years before an official probe into a backlog of thousands of X-rays. Three lung cancers were missed at Worcestershire hospitals NHS Trust, a sample check of results in 2014 found.’

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BBC News, 27th August 2021

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Determining the question of motivation in whistleblowing claims is not always as complicated as it seems – 3PB

‘Prior to her dismissal, the claimant was a senior employee with a continuous unblemished service record of 38 years.’

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3PB, 9th August 2021

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Reporting restrictions in end of life cases: anonymity for treating clinicians – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The focus of this judgment was on the jurisdiction, if any, that the High Court Family Division has to maintain a Reporting Restriction Order (‘RRO’) prohibiting the naming of any medical clinicians as being involved in the care and treatment of a child who had been the subject of “end of life” proceedings before the High Court prior to their death, and where an RRO had been made at that time preventing the identification of any of the treating clinicians and staff until further order.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th July 2021

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‘Have confidence to speak up’: whistleblowing policy for judges unveiled – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 25th, 2021 in codes of practice, judges, judiciary, news, whistleblowers by tracey

‘The lord chief justice and senior president of tribunals want all judges to feel confident to speak up about any wrongdoing, according to a new whistleblowing policy unveiled this week. The 12-page Judicial Whistleblowing Policy: How to report wrongdoing document was published on the judicial intranet on Wednesday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th June 2021

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Employment Tribunals: Interim Relief and the Equality Act 2010: Court of Appeal Declines to Extend the Relief – Littleton Chambers

‘For a few months, a radical change to employment law practice appeared to be in prospect.’

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Littleton Chambers, 16th June 2021

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Whistleblowing: causation, guidance for complex cases and judicial proceedings immunity – 3PB

‘In GMP v Aston we receive a helpful reminder of the approach to be applied in cases where there are multiple protected disclosures spanning a significant period and allegations of multiple detriments involving multiple perpetrators and multiple victims. The case also involves an alleged detriment consisting of evidence given in other tribunal proceedings which was subject to judicial proceedings immunity (JPI) and deals with the issue of whether evidence which is covered by JPI can amount to a detriment. Finally, where the issue of JPI had not been raised before the first instance Tribunal, the Appeal Tribunal considered whether it had to deal with this newly argued point (i.e. whether it was mandatory) or whether it had a discretion to consider the newly argued point (i.e. whether it was discretionary). The considerations when deciding whether or not to exercise the discretion are also set out.’

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3PB, 10th June 2021

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GCHQ’s mass data interception violated right to privacy, court rules – The Guardian

‘The UK spy agency GCHQ’s methods for bulk interception of online communications violated the right to privacy and the regime for collection of data was unlawful, the grand chamber of the European court of human rights has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 25th May 2021

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