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Wrongful dismissal: Making secret profits justified summary dismissal

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    Neary and Neary v Dean of Westminster [1999] IRLR 288 Special Commissioner (0 other reports)

The Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey were justified in summarily dismissing the Abbey's organist and his wife, its concert secretary, in the determination of a retired Law Lord in Neary and another v Dean of Westminster 9.12.98 Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle. Conduct that struck at the root of the trust and confidence inherent in the couple's relationship with the Dean and Chapter could amount to gross misconduct, and their conduct was such as fatally undermined the relationship of trust and confidence that should have subsisted between them and the Abbey. They used their positions to make secret profits over a prolonged period and entirely failed to inform the Abbey authorities of what they were doing, even though there were ample opportunities to do so and no good reasons for not doing so.