Stevens v University of Birmingham

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    [2015] EWHC 2300 (QB)
  • Legal Body
    England and Wales High Court (EWHC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discipline and Grievance, Collective and Trade Union Issues
Issues covered: Disciplinary Procedures: Right to be Accompanied; Right to Choose Accompanying Person

In this UK case on how much control a claimant might have over the individual person accompanying an employee to a disciplinary or grievance process, the E&W High Court has held that the University’s refusal to allow Professor Stevens to be accompanied at an investigation meeting by his medical defence union representative amounted to a breach of the duty of trust and confidence, notwithstanding collectively-agreed procedures and statutory provisions that restrict the accompanying person to either a colleague or trade union representative. 

The manner in which disciplinary investigations are conducted is of significant importance

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This article is correct at 16/12/2015

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