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COMPENSATION AWARDS: Damages for the manner of dismissal

10 February 2012  

The Supreme Court ruling in the Edwards and Botham cases may not be as good news for employers as many commentators are suggesting, argues Stephen Levinson

Employment contracts are not normal. At least that is the logical conclusion one must draw from the recent Supreme Court decision in Edwards v Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2011]. This article explores the reasons for the judgment, anomalies in those reasons and some of the consequences of the decision.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Addis v Gramophone Company Ltd [1909] UKHL 1

    Eastwood v Magnox Electric plc [2004] UKHL 35

    Edwards v Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Botham v Ministry of Defence [2011] UKSC 58

    Gunton v Richmond-upon-Thames LBC [1981] Ch 448

    Johnson v Unisys Ltd [2001] UKHL 13

    Norton Tool Co Ltd v Tewson [1972] ICR 501