J & J Stern v Simpson [1983] IRLR 52 EAT

Reports relating to this case:

  • Dismissal: Words of dismissal viewed in context

    8 February 1983

    The Court of Appeal has established that if words of dismissal or resignation are unambiguous, they cannot be overridden by appeals to what a reasonable employee or employer might have taken them to mean. J & J Stern v Simpson the EAT holds that that does not mean that the words must initially be viewed in isolation, but that the surrounding circumstances are relevant to whether the words used are ambiguous.