CF Capital plc v Willoughby [2011] EWCA Civ 1115 CA

Reports relating to this case:

  • Termination of employment: Objective meaning of termination letter to be taken at face value

    21 May 2012

    In CF Capital plc v Willoughby [2011] EWCA Civ 1115 CA, the Court of Appeal held that a letter of dismissal was effective notice to terminate the employee’s contract, even though it was based on a mistaken understanding that the employee had agreed to the termination. The “special circumstances” exception to the normal operation of such a notice did not apply, so attempts to retract the dismissal did not alter the position.

  • No "special circumstances" retraction for clear but mistaken words of dismissal

    18 October 2011

    The Court of Appeal has held that the employer could not retract clear written words of dismissal that were accepted at face value by the employee, even though the inclusion of the words in the letter was a mistake.