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Further support for calls to protect whistleblowers who leak official secrets in the public interest

Posted on 22 March 2021

Two former cabinet ministers have backed calls for the introduction of a legal protection for civil servants who leak official secrets that are in the public interest.

Mishcon de Reya has been supporting proposals to afford legal protection to whistleblowers by introducing a general public interest defence to the Official Secrets Acts.

As reported in The Times, former Brexit secretary David Davis and former Scotland secretary Alistair Carmichael have added their support for the introduction of a statutory public interest defence as part of the Government's review of the Official Secrets Act.

Mishcon de Reya has been advising a client, Janus Friis, on this matter, alongside Matrix Chambers and communications consultancy Powerscourt.

Read our briefing paper here. The Times article can be accessed here.

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