Coventry University v Mian [2014] EWCA Civ 1275: Contracts of Employment

No breach of contract in holding disciplinary hearing for employee in relation to provision of false reference

The Court of Appeal’s decision in Coventry University v Mian illustrates both the need for employees to exercise the greatest caution when providing references for colleagues and for employers to undergo meticulous disciplinary procedures.

Dr Mian, a senior lecturer at Coventry University (‘Coventry’), provided a reference for a colleague, Dr Javed, at his request. The pro vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, Dr Javed’s new employer, contacted Coventry to express his concern about the disconnect between the reference and Dr Javed’s performance. 

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