The President of the Methodist Conference v Preston [2013] UKSC 29

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    UKSC 29
  • Legal Body
    UK Supreme Court / House of Lords (UKSC/UKHL)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Methodist Minister; Employment status

This appeal considered the question whether or not Hailey Anne Preston a Minster of the Methodist church until 2009 was an employee of the Methodist Conference, such that she was entitled to bring a claim of constructive dismissal. The Court considered principally two arguments; firstly, that there is a distinction between an office of public nature whose duties were defined by the law and rules of the institution and employment; and secondly that the spiritual nature of a minister post makes it unnecessary and inappropriate to characterise the relationship as having legal relations.

The majority of the Supreme Court held that the minister could not bring a claim of constructive dismissal

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This article is correct at 17/05/2013

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