27 May 2010
Compensation for unfair dismissal victims 'may rise'
Compensation for high earners who are victims of unfair dismissal may be set to rise following the outcome of one case.
It centred on consultant surgeon Michael Edwards, who was sacked for professional and personal misconduct, the Times reports.
He alleged that the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - which employs more than 3,000 members of staff - failed to follow a contractually binding disciplinary procedure before it dismissed him.
Mr Edwards claimed more than £4 million to reflect the earnings he said he had lost since he was ousted from his role.
In an appeal, the trust unsuccessfully argued that even if it had failed to follow the correct procedure, damages should be capped at the amount he would have earned during his three-month notice period.
According to the Times, this decision in the Court of Appeal could result in people like Mr Edwards getting significantly higher damages payments in future.