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At Coutts, we recognise the delicate nature of safeguarding whistleblowers. We advise seeking legal counsel promptly to reduce any potential risks of speaking out. Our team is here to help prevent any retaliation you might face for your courage and assist in protecting your reputation.

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What is a whistleblower?

A whistleblower is an individual who reports to management any kind of information or activity that is being undertaken in the company that is deemed illegal, dishonest, or unethical.

How am I protected?

The Corporations Act provides significant safeguards for whistleblowers and makes it a criminal offence to victimise one because of a protected disclosure. We appreciate that it can be stressful and difficult to be a whistleblower, as you may feel as though you are putting yourself and your employment at risk.

Employees should obtain advice regarding the protections available to them if facing this type of situation.


How can Coutts help you?

Being a whistleblower takes courage, and at Coutts, we are here to ensure your bravery is rewarded with protection. Our expert team understands the importance of disclosing illegal, dishonest, or unethical activities within your company. The Corporations Act offers safeguards for whistleblowers, criminalising any form of victimisation stemming from a protected disclosure.

We acknowledge the potential stress and risks whistleblowers face and are dedicated to guiding you through the process. If you find yourself in this challenging situation, obtaining professional advice is essential. With Coutts by your side, you are not alone in creating positive change. Contact us today to explore the protections available to you and pave the way for a fairer, more ethical workplace.

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What to Expect with Coutts Lawyers

Step 1: Initial Contact

Reach out to Coutts Lawyers via our website, phone, or in person. Briefly describe your matter.

Step 2: Consultation Appointment

Schedule and attend a meeting with a Coutts lawyer / Conveyancer to discuss the specifics of your matter and desired outcomes.

Step 3: Information & Legal Advice

Share all related documents and information. Your lawyer / Conveyancer will review everything, clarify aspects as needed, and then advise on the best action course.

Step 4: Action Plan Development

Based on the advice, an appropriate action plan will be formulated. This may involve communication, documentation processes, or further legal steps.

Step 5: Implementation

Execute the action plan, addressing a range of legal scenarios as necessary.

Step 6: Resolution & Closure

Navigate towards a resolution, with the path determined by the nature of the matter. Your Lawyer / Conveyancer will outline any final actions or considerations.

Introducing Karena

Your Compassionate Lawyer

Meet Karena, a Partner at Coutts Lawyers & Conveyancers, and the head of our esteemed Injury Compensation and Employment Law teams. With over two decades of experience in the field of Insurance Law, Karena’s passion, dedication, and client-focused approach have established her as a leading authority in compensation and employment law.

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Whistleblowing FAQ’s

A whistleblower is someone who brings to light any form of activity within a company that is considered illegal, unethical, or dishonest by reporting it to the appropriate authorities or management in the appropriate way.

Yes, not only is blowing the whistle legal, but often encouraged to uphold ethical business practices. The Corporations Act, for instance, offers significant protections to whistleblowers and even criminalises acts of victimisation against them due to valid disclosures.

The Corporations Act provides robust protections for whistleblowers, making it a criminal offence to victimise or retaliate against one for a protected disclosure. There are other legislative measures in place to protect whistleblowers, ensuring their safety and rights.

You should seek legal advice to understand the best approach to report such practices safely. At Coutts, we can guide you on the most appropriate way to blow the whistle, whilst maintaining your rights.

While there are legal protections in place, whistleblowers sometimes face retaliation or damage to their reputations. It is crucial to be well-informed about your rights and the protections available to you. Legal advice can help mitigate these risks and put suitable mechanisms in place.

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