Matthew Taylor, a commercial solicitor based in Liverpool.

Bullying in confidence

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  • What a load of lawyer crap. Anyone who is prepared to go 'public' should 'put up or shut up'. Only a lawyer would argue the opposite.

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  • Interesting to read it from a legal standpoint. I would be interested as well in your take on "allegations of bullying were levied"; given that no employees brought any such complaints - and Ms Pratt was merely responding to a journalist's allegations - does the public interest argument still hold?

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  • A well-argued case (which Kevin, above, does not appear to have understood) - sadly Ms Pratt will presumably never have to defend her actions, which clearly had a political motive.
    There was a clear breach of the duty of care here in expanding on the allegations. Someone in a public position like this should have limited herself to refusing to confirm or deny and left it at that. It's PR for charities 1.01. Going further, as she did, does not benefit anyone, least of all anyone who has used the services of the charity and must now be wondering if their employer is going to be named in this way.

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  • Intresting, but surly the principles of public intrest when disclosing to the media come in play as stated in PIDA.
    The whisleblower must first attempt to raise the issue using approriate channels, and in good faith.
    If you skip that and go to the media the good faith test is tougher as you must be able to substantiate the claims.
    I am no lawyer, but I don't think that Mrs Pratt has achieved that. Calls can surly be only hearsay and even a record cannot be sufficient to substanciate the claims that were made and inferred at the time.
    I stress inferred as the situation is important to bear in mind. The revelations in Mr Rawnsley's book allegeing the PM's behaviour. The inferance that was made, that the call related to bullying by the PM.
    I am no lawyer, but I she could not hope to pass the public intrest test' contempranously.

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