Sutcliffe v Hawker Siddley Aviation Limited: NIRC 1973

Though the 1971 Act made no reference to it, nonetheless there could be an unfair dismissal deriving from a constructive dismissal. An argument that the converse interpretation should be adopted because earlier legislation (the 1965 Act) had defined dismissal expressly so as to include constructive dismissal was roundly rejected: ‘That comparison points, it is said, to Parliament having intended that there should be no room for an ‘unfair constructive dismissal’. We entirely reject that contention. We consider that the omission arose solely because the draftsman thought it unnecessary to include the subsection. We have no doubt that there can be constructive unfair dismissals and that any amendment of the 1971 Act to include a subsection (c) equivalent to that contained in the 1965 Act would have no effect other than to dispose of a misconstruction of the Act.’


Sir John Donaldson


[1973] ICR 560, [1973] IRLR 304


Industrial Relations Act 1971, Redundancy Payments Act 1965 3(1)(c)


England and Wales

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Updated: 30 April 2022; Ref: scu.199222