Charity watchdog investigating claims of sex cover up by charity run by new Oxfam boss – Daily Telegraph

‘The charity watchdog is investigating claims that an organisation formerly led by the man enlisted to put the “house in order” following the Oxfam abuse scandal had allegedly covered up another sex scandal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd June 2019

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NDAs: MPs call for ban on ‘gagging clauses’ over ‘cover-up’ fears – BBC News

‘MPs have called for a ban on “gagging clauses” used by employers to silence allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment.’

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BBC News, 11th June 2019

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Green light for new regime on when to report rule breaches – Legal Futures

‘New requirements for reporting rule breaches to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have been approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB).’

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Legal Futues, 21st May 2019

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Home Office chaos and incompetence lead to unlawful detentions, claim whistleblowers – The Guardian

‘Chaos, incompetence and bullying of Home Office employees is resulting in failed deportations and the unlawful detention of vulnerable and desperate people, whistleblowers allege.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2019

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NHS non-disclosure agreements to end, vows Matt Hancock – The Guardian

Posted April 23rd, 2019 in disclosure, health, news, non-disclosure agreements, whistleblowers by sally

‘The health secretary has vowed to end the use of non-disclosure agreements that prevent would-be NHS whistleblowers speaking out.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2019

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High Court rejects evidence from law firm ‘whistleblower’ – Legal Futures

‘The president of the family division has rejected a wife’s application to admit the statement of a “whistleblower” inside her former husband’s legal team who sent the court privileged information.’

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Legal Futures, 5th March 2019

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‘Unethical’ use of NDAs prompts consultation on laws to protect victims – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government today indicated it will legislate to stop employers from using confidentiality clauses to intimidate victims of harassment into silence.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th March 2019

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Firms face ban on use of gagging clauses to silence whistleblowers – The Guardian

‘The government has announced proposals to prevent employers from using gagging clauses to stop people reporting criminal behaviour, harassment or discrimination to police.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2019

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Lawyer whistleblower struck off despite revealing misconduct – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 4th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors, whistleblowers by sally

‘A trainee solicitor struck off after reporting her bosses for overcharging clients by up to 2,000 per cent has warned how the legal industry does “precious little” to protect whistleblowers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd February 2019

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“Bullied and manipulated” young solicitor struck off – Legal Futures

Posted January 29th, 2019 in bullying, disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors, whistleblowers by sally

‘A young solicitor who was “deceived, pressured, bullied and manipulated” has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), despite being the one to blow the whistle on misconduct in her firm.’

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Legal Futures, 29th January 2019

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Hundreds of deaths under review at London NHS hospital where whistleblower was mailed dead animal – The Independent

‘The deaths of up to 250 patients after heart surgery at an NHS hospital wracked with internal staff disputes and quality issues are under review by regulators. An independent panel has been set up to examine the treatment of every cardiac surgery patient who died between April 2013 and September 2018 at St George’s University Hospital Foundation Trust in London.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2019

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Monitoring of abuse claims at children’s prison ‘ineffective’ – The Guardian

‘A review into the alleged abuse of children by staff at a children’s prison has found that a series of failings led to an “erratic and ineffective” monitoring of investigations into the claims.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2019

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Jess Varnish loses employment tribunal against British Cycling and UK Sport – The Guardian

‘Jess Varnish, the former Great Britain track cyclist, has lost her landmark employment case against British Cycling and UK Sport which had threatened to overhaul funding for Olympic athletes.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2019

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Sexual assault forensics centres failing some victims – BBC News

‘Young victims of sexual assault are not being forensically examined within a critical time period at some privately-run referral centres, a BBC investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 8th January 2019

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Lucy Bone on Privilege in Internal Investigations- Littleton Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in fraud, news, privilege, subsidiary companies, whistleblowers by sally

‘Internal investigations are increasingly being conducted by companies not only on regulatory grounds but also in response to employment issues such as whistleblowing and discrimination allegations. In SFO v ENRC [2018] EWCA Civ 2006, the Court of Appeal has significantly widened the scope of legal professional privilege in the context of an internal company investigation. It will now be easier for the employer to assert privilege over employees’ witness statements and other documents generated in an investigation.’

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Littleton Chambers, 26th November 2018

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Family Court judge raps council for “woeful” care of two young women – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has condemned a council’s care for two young women as “woeful” and said he was “appalled” by failures of social workers and managers.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2018

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Sacked vegan claims discrimination in landmark case – BBC News

‘A tribunal is to be asked to decide whether veganism is a “philosophical belief” akin to a religion, in a landmark legal action.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2018

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Judge appeals for funds to fight judiciary whistleblowing ruling – The Guardian

‘Claire Gilham wants judges to have legal protections for disclosures in public interest.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2018

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TaxPayers’ Alliance concedes it launched smears against Brexit whistleblower – The Guardian

‘The rightwing pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance has conceded that it illegally sacked the whistleblower Shahmir Sanni for revealing unlawful overspending in the Brexit referendum campaign, in a case that could have a major impact on how lobbyists are described in the media.’

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The Guardian, 11th November 2018

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Court rules on whistleblowing protections for overseas workers – OUT-LAW.com

‘A recent judgment by the Court of Appeal provides important guidance on the territorial jurisdiction of the UK employment tribunals, particularly on the extent of statutory whistleblower protections for workers, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th October 2018

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