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SUMMARY DISMISSAL: Digging for dirt

06 March 2015  

Gary Freer examines a case in which the employer dismissed a senior manager for misconduct only after actively looking for a pretext to do so

In Williams v Leeds United Football Club [2015], a High Court judge (Lewis J) considered whether circulating pornography by email justified summary dismissal. An interesting aspect of the decision was that the evidence of misconduct was unearthed during a trawl by the employer for evidence which might give grounds for dismissal after it had already decided to dismiss the employee come what may. Did that make a difference?

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Boston Deep Sea Fishing [1888] (39) Ch D 339

    Cavenagh v William Evans Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 697

    Glencore Rotterdam BV v Lebanese Organisation for International Commerce [1997] 4 All ER 514

    Williams v Leeds United Football Club [2015] EWHC 376 (QB)