The Final Whistle is Blown…

22 Aug

Those of you who come to the blog regularly will recall the post entitled “You’re not the Boss of Me” on 14 July 2014 which covered the limitations on whistleblowing protection imposed by the Court of Appeal in the case of Clyde & Co LLP and another v Bates van Winkelhof having been overturned by the Supreme Court on 21 May 2014 (see [2014] UKSC 32).  The case was due to be remitted back to the Employment Tribunal for a full hearing.  It has, however, now been announced that the case has settled.

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Those of you who come to the blog regularly will recall the post entitled “You’re not the Boss of Me” on 14 July 2014 which covered the limitations on whistleblowing protection imposed by the Court of Appeal in the case of Clyde & Co LLP and another v Bates van Winkelhof having been overturned by the Supreme Court on 21 May 2014 (see [2014] UKSC 32).  The case was due to be remitted back to the Employment Tribunal for a full hearing.  It has, however, now been announced that the case has settled.

By way of brief recap, former partner at the firm Clyde & Co LLP, Krista Bates van Winkelhof, had issued a claim against them for alleged unfair dismissal due to whistleblowing and sex discrimination.  She alleged that she had been sacked in 2011 after making allegations against the managing partner of Clyde & Co LLP’s Tanzanian operation.  The case had been ongoing for some time cumulating in the Supreme Court’s ruling of 21 May 2014 that Miss Bates van Winkelhof was entitled to protection under UK whistleblowing laws as her role as a partner in the firm did make her a ‘worker’ for the purpose of Employment legislation.

The Law Society Gazette reported on Tuesday this week that an agreement had been reached in the case, ahead of the hearing scheduled for next month, however neither of the parties intended to make any further comment.  To read the article go to www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/clydes-settles-whistleblowing-dispute/5042620.article.

Leanne Buckley-Thomson

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