Unfair dismissal: Supreme Court questions validity of long-standing Burchell test

In ruling on the fairness of a headteacher‘s dismissal for failing to disclose a relationship with a sex offender, the UK‘s highest court appears to have cast doubt on the established test applied to misconduct dismissals, reveal Emma Burrows and Anna Scott

Cases Referenced

  • British Home Stores Ltd v Burchell [1978] UKEAT 108/78
  • Iceland Frozen Foods Ltd v Jones [1982] UKEAT 62/82
  • Post Office v Foley [2000] EWCA Civ 3030
  • Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council [2018] UKSC 16