What is a whistle-blower?

A person who informs on a person or organisation who are perceived to be engaging in an unlawful or immoral activity. What does the legislation say is whistle-blowing?You are a whistle-blower if you are a worker and you report certain types of wrongdoing. The wrongdoing must be in the public interest - that means it must affect others. As a whistle-blower you’re protected by law - you should not be treated unfairly or lose your job because you ‘blow the whistle’.


Who can claim whistle-blower status?

  • ■ An employee
  • ■ A trainee
  • ■ An agency worker
  • ■ A member of a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

A whistleblower is protected by law if you report any of the following:

  • ■ A criminal offence, i.e. fraud
  • ■ Someone’s health and safety is in danger
  • ■ Risk or actual damage to the environment
  • ■ A miscarriage of justice
  • ■ The company is breaking the law
  • ■ You believe someone is covering up wrongdoing

Download supporting literature here:
■ MannBenham - Whistle Blowing
■ MannBenham - Whistle Blowing and Personal Liability