catherine hobby profile

Ms Catherine Hobby

Senior Lecturer

Department of Law & Criminology , Royal Docks School of Business and Law

Areas Of Interest


Whistleblowing protection & Human Rights

Workplace Conflict

Employment Law, Human Resource Management & Mediation


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Catherine Hobby LLB LLM MSc Solicitor (non-practising) FHEA

Catherine Hobby is a senior lecturer in Law in the Royal Docks School of Business and Law at the University of East London.  She teaches currently teaches Human Rights and has also taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the areas of both Law and Human Resource Management. 
Prior to joining the University of East London, Catherine completed her training contract and was admitted to the Law Society as a solicitor in 1991.  She then worked for the whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work, (now Protect), on its establishment and joined the university as a full-time lecturer in 1993.

With LLM (University College London) specialising in Labour Law and MSc in Industrial Relations (London School of Economics), Catherine's research interests are in the areas of Whistleblowing, Human Rights, Employment Law and Human Resources.

Catherine is also a qualified Mediator and co-director of the University of East London Mediation Hub.  As such she is a member of the Steering Group of the University of East London Mediation Hub and Mediators Community of Practice Group.  She is also a member of the Law Society, the Industrial Law Society, the Institute of Employment Rights and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Most Recent Research
- Catherine's research interests include the legal protection of Whistleblowing and the corporate response to the raising of public interest concerns. Her recent publications have explored the legal definition of 'worker' in the whistleblowing provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996 with regard to the gig economy and the importance of developments in whistleblowing case law to the regulation of worker rights.

Previous Research
- In her recent research, Catherine has collaborated on projects examining Workplace Conflict and considering the importance of employment law on Human Resource Management strategy and practice.  She has co-authored a British Academy of Management conference paper and also undertaken joint research into the freedom of work.

- Catherine has also explored the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on employment legislation and rights in the workplace, with particular regard to Whistleblowing and the right to freedom of expression.  She has published E-resources, conference papers and opinion pieces in this area for the Institute of Employment Rights (


Most Recent Publication
- Hobby, C. "The Silencing of Public Interest Concerns and Hidden Motives: Jhuti v The Royal Mail Group" (2020) 49(3) Industrial Law Journal Published on-line on 10 June 2020:

Previous Publications
- Hobby, C. "Worker and organisational protection: the future of whistleblowing in the gig economy", in Page-Tickell, R. & Yerby, E (eds.) (2020) Conflict and Shifting Boundaries in the Gig Economy: An Interdisciplinary Analysis, Emerald Publishing Ltd.

- Protection of Official Data, Submission for Institute of Employment Rights to a consultation by the Law Commission on Protection of Official Data, Published May 2017.  Available at

- Protecting whistleblowers seeking jobs in the NHS: Employment Rights Act 1996 (NHS Recruitment – Protected Disclosure Regulations) Submission for Institute of Employment Rights to a Department of Health Consultation, Published May 2017.  Available at


Subject Areas

  • Human Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Public Law