RDF Media Group Plc and Another v Clements: QBD 5 Dec 2007

The defendant had sold his business to the claimants and in part consideration had accepted restrictive covenants as to his not competing with them. On indicating his desire to leave the claimants and work for a competitor, made statements which the defendant claimed were poisonous and amounted to constructive dismissal.
Held: The defendant had erased his own diaries, and procured unauthorised and false entries in the claimant’s email inbox. The duty of trust and confidence bbetween employer and employee is a mutual one, but the test as to a breach by the employer is its effect on the employee. Though the existence of the restriction was confidential, in the circumstances of the defendant’s ne employers themselves briefing the press, the claimant was not bound to keep it so.

Bernard Livesey QC
[2007] EWHC 2892 (QB), [2008] IRLR 207
England and Wales
CitedWoods v WM Car Services (Peterborough) Ltd EAT 1981
Any breach of the implied term of trust and confidence will amount to a repudiation of the contract, but in cases of constructive dismissal, an employee has no remedy even if his employer has behaved unfairly, unless it can be shown that the . .
CitedLewis v Motorworld Garages Ltd CA 1985
The court considered the circumstances under which an employee might resign and successfully claim constructive dismissal.
Glidewell LJ said: ‘This breach of this implied obligation of trust and confidence may consist of a series of action on . .
CitedInvestors Compensation Scheme Ltd v West Bromwich Building Society HL 19-Jun-1997
Account taken of circumstances wihout ambiguity
The respondent gave advice on home income plans. The individual claimants had assigned their initial claims to the scheme, but later sought also to have their mortgages in favour of the respondent set aside.
Held: Investors having once . .
CitedMalik v Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI); Mahmud v Bank of Credit and Commerce International HL 12-Jun-1997
Allowance of Stigma Damages
The employees claimed damages, saying that the way in which their employer had behaved during their employment had led to continuing losses, ‘stigma damages’ after the termination.
Held: It is an implied term of any contract of employment that . .
CitedImperial Group Pension Trust Ltd v Imperial Tobacco Ltd 1991
A company pension scheme had been operating for many years, with increases being provided for under one rule. A new rule was introduced to provide regular increases. The company was taken over, and the trustees sought clarification of the company’s . .
CitedBoston Deep Sea Fishing and Ice Co v Ansell CA 1888
An employer having dismissed an employee (its managing director) later learnt of the employee’s fraud.
Held: The employer was allowed to rely upon that fraud to justify the dismissal. Where an agent is in wrongful repudiation of his contract . .
CitedSymbian Ltd v Christensen ChD 8-May-2000
The court granted an injunction to the company restraining Mr Christensen from undertaking or continuing employment by, or the provision of advice, assistance or services to the Microsoft Corporation at any time before 16th September 2000, being the . .

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CitedSG and R Valuation Service Co v Boudrais and others QBD 12-May-2008
The claimant sought to require the defendants not to work during their notice period to achieve the equivalent of garden leave despite there being no provision for garden leave in the contracts. It was said that the defendants had conspired together . .

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Updated: 10 December 2021; Ref: scu.261922