Supreme Court: LLP members are protected by whistle-blowing legislation

Two major rulings from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal this morning will be enough to keep litigators talking for weeks.

LLP members are protected by whistle-blowing legislation, the final court ruled, paving the way for the first whistle-blowing case against a law firm. Former Clyde & Co partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof will now add a whistle-blowing claim to her pregnancy, sex discrimination case against the firm.

Leading employment lawyers have welcomed the decision as a victory for common sense, but warn it could have implications for how businesses structure membership agreements.

Elsewhere, the president of the Queen’s Bench Division Sir Brian Leveson has told the Ministry of Justice and lawyers they must negotiate over the future of legal aid.

By reversing the stay in the high-cost Operation Cotton fraud trial, Leveson P has effectively said the legal aid policy should not stand in the way of complex fraud cases.

That should be enough keep you chatting by the water cooler.

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