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Any contract entered into for a fixed period will terminate
automatically at the end of that term, so there can be no cause of action for
breach of contract. However, the expiry of a fixed term is classed as a
dismissal in law, meaning that, under the Employment Rights Act 1996, the
employee could claim unfair dismissal and (potentially) redundancy pay. To defend an unfair dismissal claim, the employer would have to show that it had a fair reason for dismissing the employee (for example redundancy or "some other substantial reason") and that it acted fairly and reasonably in dismissing the employee for that reason.
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