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U.K. whistleblowers still face professional risk

Neil Hodge | December 26, 2017

Whistleblowing has become a powerful tool in the fight against corporate crime, and regulators and enforcement agencies regularly cite whistleblowing tips as a key source of investigations. As a result, protecting those who come forward with information is paramount.

While in some countries whistleblowers may be eligible for a share of the spoils as a result of any fine levied—which may be an inducement to some—evidence overwhelmingly supports the notion that they come forward to protect the interests of the company and the public, rather than act in their own interests.

Despite this, most countries have some caveats when it comes to affording whistleblowers protection. Very often, protection only kicks in if disclosure is judged to be in the public interest, and if the people with the information either blow the whistle internally, or externally to a regulator (rather than the press). In some cases, protection can be a moot point, and is offered on the organisation’s... To get the full story, subscribe now.