Peter Woodhouse, Partner and Stone King’s Head of Business Sector and Employment Team contributes a regular column to Bath & Somerset issue of The Business Exchange. In the spring 2022 issue, just out, his article ‘Whistleblowing – it’s not always Pandora’s Box’ explores how businesses could use whistleblowing to their advantage.

He says:

“Whistleblowing is a loaded word, and how an employer deals with whistleblowing (or, in legal speak, someone making a “protected disclosure”) can tell you a lot about the ethos of that organisation.”

Peter adds:

“CEOs and senior management teams, particularly at larger firms, may not have complete oversight of their business. A whistleblowing complaint could be the only way they become aware of wrongdoing within their organisation.”

And he concludes:

“If an organisation approaches mistakes as an opportunity to improve, the likelihood of a successful tribunal claim is reduced. If they close ranks against whistleblowers and treat complaints as a threat to defend, the opposite is true.”

To read Peter’s article in full, please go to page 36 of The Business Exchange.