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Diocese of Southwark & ors v Coker CA 1998

Case Summary

On 11th July 1997 the Court of Appeal upheld the 1996 judgment of the EAT in the Coker case (see Diocese of Southwark & ors v Coker [1998] ICR 140, CA).

Accordingly traditional law that a curate in the Church of England is not an employee of his Bishop is reconfirmed. It follows that a curate who has been dismissed cannot claim unfair dismissal compensation and an Employment Tribunal has no jurisdiction in the matter.

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