BP Oil Ltd v Richards: EAT 12 Apr 1983

The tribunal considered how to treat a succession of fixed term contracts.
Held: The crucial question was whether one looks at the whole term of the original contract plus extensions as one contract or concentrates solely on the last contractual arrangement made between the parties. He could see no ground for distinguishing Triesman on that point and said: ‘As a matter of comity and in the interests of orderly industrial relations, it is undesirable for us to depart from that decision and therefore we follow it.’


Browne-Wilkinson J


Unreported, 12 April 1983


England and Wales


FollowedOpen University v Triesman EAT 1978
An employee was employed under a contract for a fixed term of 18 months. 3 months before that period expired she was offered and accepted further employment for 7 months subject to a waiver clause.
Held: The judgments in BBC -v- Ioannou were . .

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CitedBritish Broadcasting Corporation v Kelly-Phillips CA 24-Apr-1998
When a one year fixed term employment contract was extended by a period of less than a year, but then not again renewed, there was no unfair dismissal, since the exemption for the original term applied also to any extension. There had been . .
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Updated: 16 May 2022; Ref: scu.198054