The court considered the difficulties in categorising and comparing employments: ‘Having then identified the parties, having then acquainted themselves with the nature of the contractual employment, the next thing that has to be done is to look at the position in very broad general terms. The old saying that it is sometimes difficult to see the wood because of the trees is particularly applicable in this type of investigation . . look at the wood . . if it sees one tree which is outstandingly different from the rest . . see whether or not . . [they] . . are doing something which may be significantly different.’
Kilner Brown J
 IRLR 226
Cited – Matthews and others v Kent and Medway Towns Fire Authority and others CA 2-Jul-2004
Part time retained firefighters claimed discrimination under the Regulations when their conditions of service were compared with those of full-time firefighters. They appealed a finding that they had been employed under different types of contract . .
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Updated: 16 May 2022; Ref: scu.198545