The President of the Methodist Conference v Preston  UKSC 29Posted In: Case Law
Case ReferenceUKSC 29
Legal BodyUK Supreme Court / House of Lords (UKSC/UKHL)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionUnfair Dismissal
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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