Darnton v University of Surrey [2003] IRLR 133 EAT

Reports relating to this case:

  • Whistleblowing update

    Date:
    18 August 2006

    Legislation protecting whistleblowers was introduced seven years ago. This article reviews the legislation and considers some of the substantial body of case law arising out of it. It also looks at the components of an effective whistleblowing policy.

  • Public interest disclosure: "Whistleblowing" allegations need not objectively be factually accurate

    Date:
    20 June 2003

    In Darnton v University of Surrey, the EAT holds that for there to be a "qualifying disclosure" within the meaning of the statutory "protected disclosure" provisions, it must have been reasonable for the worker to believe that the factual basis of what was disclosed is true, and that it tends to show a relevant failure, even if the worker was wrong, but reasonably mistaken.