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Whistleblowing: financial services

Updating authors: Nick Thorpe and Neil Johnston
Consultant editors: Bridget Barker and Paul Ellison


  • This section provides information specific to the financial services sector. General information on public interest disclosures can be found in the Whistleblowing section in the Public interest disclosures chapter. (See Overview)
  • The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 gives protection to whistleblowers and aims to encourage workers to disclose information through appropriate channels. (See Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998)
  • The PRA and FCA additional whistleblowing rules cover qualifying disclosures and reportable concerns. (See Qualifying disclosures and reportable concerns)
  • The additional whistleblowing rules for the financial sector were introduced on 7 September 2016. (See Whistleblowing rules for the financial sector)
  • Firms must establish, implement and maintain appropriate and effective internal whistleblowing arrangements. (See Effective internal arrangements)
  • The dismissal of an employee will be automatically unfair if the reason for the dismissal was that the employee made a protected disclosure. (See Detriment and dismissal)
  • The FCA would regard as a serious matter any evidence that a firm acted to the detriment of an employee because he or she made a reportable concern. (See Fitness and propriety)