Higgins and Another v Governor & Co of the Bank of Ireland Posted In: Case Law
Case Reference IEHC 6
Legal BodyHigh Court of Ireland (IEHC)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionDismissal, Discipline and Grievance
The recent Judgment of Mr. Justice O'Keeffe, Higgins and Another - v - Governor & Co of the Bank of Ireland  IEHC 6, followed a trial that ran for 51 days. A manager of the Defendant bank had been placed on a lengthy period of special paid leave, during which time the bank conducted enquiries which eventually resulted in dismissal for gross misconduct. The Plaintiff sought damages for wrongful dismissal, conspiracy and defamation. The Judgment is interesting, not only because of the length and complexity of the trial, but also because it canvasses various legal issues of relevance to internal employer processes and suspensions from the workplace, as Barry Reynolds, Partner, DAC
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