can an employment contract be ended without notice?

It may seem a straightforward question since people are dismissed every working day for what is commonly referred to as “gross misconduct”, i.e. conduct which is so serious that it goes to the root of the contract and renders its continuation undesirable if not impossible. However, what of the “innocent” employee? In my discussion about…

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compromise agreements and probably the world’s most expensive lunch

It is an often-heard maxim in contract law that a party cannot seek to claim the benefits of a contract which he has breached. While that is a rather simplistic statement and is, in practice, subject to numerous qualifications and exclusions, the decision of the High Court in Imam-Sadeque -v- Bluebay Asset Management (Services) Limited…

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A trivial comment or blasphemy?

In Heafield v Times Newspapers Limited an Employment Tribunal was concerned with the practical application of protection from religious discrimination. Mr Heafield worked as a sub-editor, proofing and finalising articles for publication in what was undoubtedly a high pressure environment. Stories would be given abbreviated names for quick reference. On the evening in question one…

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it’s not unusual…

It’s not unusual for there to be parallel proceedings in both the High Court and in the Employment Tribunal – for example, an unfair dismissal claim and a claim for breach of contract for a highly paid employee. In such circumstances, it’s usual for the tribunal case to be put on hold while the High…

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