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Contracts of employment: Limited damages in wrongful dismissal case

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    Boyo v London Borough of Lambeth [1995] IRLR 50 CA (0 other reports)

A wrongfully dismissed employee accepted his employer's repudiation of his contract of employment at the date of his court hearing in his claim for arrears of salary, and not at the earlier date when he was sent a letter purporting to terminate his employment, holds the Court of Appeal in Boyo v London Borough of Lambeth. In a decision strongly critical of authority binding upon it, the Court holds, however, that damages must be limited to the equivalent of the employee's salary for a reasonable period from the date of the "dismissal" letter, representing the time it would have taken to carry out the proper disciplinary procedures, plus one month's contractual notice entitlement.