Oliver Hyams in Supreme Court success
In a judgment handed down today in President of the Methodist Conference v Preston  UKSC 29, the Supreme Court has allowed the appeal of the Methodist Church against the decision of the Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court’s judgments are based in substance on the relevant key propositions which were advanced by Oliver Hyams before the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, but which both of those courts had rejected: click here for the full judgment.
The Supreme Court interpreted the constitutional documents of the Methodist Church against the background of the "fundamentally spiritual purpose of the functions of a minister of religion" (para 10), and concluded that on the facts, the parties had not intended to enter into contractual relations. The Supreme Court distinguished, on the facts, the decision of the House of Lords in Percy v National Mission of the Church of Scotland.
The case is a landmark decision on the status for the purposes of the law of unfair dismissal of ministers of religion.Back to News
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