Luxleaks case: Grand Chamber of the ECtHR to re-examine standards for protection of whistleblowers
The Grand Chamber panel of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has decided to refer to the ECtHR’s Grand Chamber the case Halet v. Luxembourg (application no. 21884/18), concerning the applicant’s criminal conviction in the so-called ‘Luxleaks’ case for disclosing tax documents concerning some of his employer’s clients.
Mr Halet is a French national who worked for the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The Luxembourg courts found that the disclosure of the documents, which were subject to professional secrecy, had caused his employer harm – resulting, in particular, from the damage to the firm’s reputation and the loss of client confidence in its internal security arrangements – that outweighed the general interest.