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

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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.