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Whistleblower protection: unravelling the complexity surrounding the UK legal framework

NAVEX Global Inc


An expert session, brought to you by whistleblowing hotline provider NAVEX Global, looking at the current legal framework that protects whistleblowers in the UK today. Highlighting recent legislative and case law developments, our speakers will discuss the key concepts around employer liability and causation, retaliation claims and public interest and how whistleblowing law fits into the UK employment regime.

We will also be looking at how organisations will need to prepare for future regulatory changes coming from the United Kingdom, Europe and globally. We will be discussing the potential impact of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Whistleblowing and the new EU Whistleblowing Directive, as well as how the US judicial system has provided a roadmap for anticipated global regulatory activity.

We finish by offering practical best practice advice to help UK and international companies adopt effective and compliant whistleblowing and investigations programmes and ensure that legal and compliance teams can better protect their employees, leadership teams and their organisation’s reputation.

This webinar will cover:

  • a review of today’s UK whistleblowing regulatory framework and case law development;
  • how whistleblowing law fits into the UK employment regime;
  • the potential impact of the forthcoming EU Whistleblowing Directive;
  • the global legal influences and future concerns for UK and European organisations; and
  • best practice advice for establishing compliant whistleblowing and investigations programmes.


Bruce Carr
Devereaux Chambers

Bruce Carr practises predominantly in the employment law field at Devereaux Chambers. His practice spans the breadth of this area and he is particularly sought after for his expertise relating to industrial action, restrictive covenants, company reorganisations, union recognition and de-recognition and discrimination.

Mr Carr won 'Employment Silk of the Year' at the Chambers UK Bar Awards in 2017, having been twice nominated in his first two years in silk by both The Lawyer Awards as ‘Barrister of the Year’ and Chambers UK as 'Employment Silk of the Year'. He was also named ‘Lawyer of the Week’ by The Times in January 2010 following his success in the British Airways Christmas injunction. Prior to taking silk, he was twice nominated as 'Employment Junior of the Year' at the Chambers UK Bar Awards. He is ranked as a star individual in Chambers UK 2019.

Ed Mills

Head, Employment Department
Travers Smith

Ed Mills is a Partner and Head of the Employment Department at Travers Smith. His practice covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, as well as business immigration. His team has significant experience advising on and conducting complex investigations, often involving whistleblowing disclosures and cross-border issues. He also represents the employment department in the firm's cross-practice investigations group.

Mr Mills regularly runs training sessions for HR and in-house legal teams, as well as his client's line managers on a wide variety of employment law and business immigration topics. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the European Employment Lawyers Association, the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Greg Keating
Practice Group Leader, Labour Employment and Benefits

Greg Keating chairs Choate’s whistleblower defence and labour, employment and benefits practice groups. He was nominated to serve as a management representative on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee by several US senators and the secretary of labour. He has also testified before the US Senate at a hearing on whistleblower protections.

Mr Keating is recognised as a national authority in the whistleblowing and retaliation area. He litigates and leads investigations into a wide range of whistleblower matters and has extensive experience handling engagements arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act and the False Claims Acts. He also serves on the board of advisers to the National Employment Law Institute.


1 October 2019
15:00 - 15:55 UTC
55 min