Claimant rector was not an employee or worker


Re: Sharpe v The Bishop of Worcester [2015] EWCA Civ 399

The claimant rector argued that he was unfairly dismissed, allegedly after suffering detrimental treatment as a result of making protected disclosures. The Court held that the claimant was neither an “employee” nor a “worker” under statute. The office of rector is governed by a part of ecclesiastical law. By accepting office as rector, the claimant had not entered into a contract but was an office holder whose duties were defined by law.

Thomas Linden QC was involved in this case.