The employee claimant was to retire. On his employer’s negligent advice he resigned and opted for discretionary benefits.
Held: The employer owed no general duty of care to an employee’s financial interests. Nor could a term requiring such a standard of care be implied within the contract. Rather than focus upon necessity, it was better to before such a standard term could be implied, the court should assess its reasonableness, fairness, and the appropriate balance between employer and employee. Given that the House of Lords had recently refused to introduce such a substantial implied term, it would be wrong for the Court of Appeal to do so.
Sir Andrew Morritt VC, Dyson LJ, Thomas LJ
 EWCA Civ 293, Times 29-Mar-2004, Gazette 08-Apr-2004
England and Wales
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Updated: 09 August 2021; Ref: scu.196573