Legal Business

Clyde & Co whistleblower case sees Supreme Court hand partners protection

Partners who expose malpractice in their own law firm will now be protected by whistleblower legislation, the Supreme Court ruled on 21 May, in a precedent-setting judgment that follows a claim brought by former Clyde & Co partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof.

The Supreme Court held – overturning a Court of Appeal finding in 2012 – that members of limited liability partnerships are ‘workers’ for the purpose of employment legislation and therefore have the same protections as employees if they have ‘blown the whistle’ at work.