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Settlements: General release did not bar claim for stigma damages

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    Bank of Credit and Commerce International SA (in compulsory liquidation) v Ali and others [2001] IRLR 292 HL (0 other reports)

Properly construed, an agreement made in 1990, whereby an employee who had been made redundant accepted an additional payment from the employer "in full and final settlement of all or any claims ... of whatsoever nature that exist or may exist", did not bar the employee's claim for stigma damages, holds the House of Lords, by a majority, in Bank of Credit and Commerce International SA v Ali and others 1.3.01 House of Lords. If the parties had intended to provide for the release of rights and the surrender of claims that they could never have had in contemplation at all, they should have used language that left no room for doubt.