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Boyo v London Borough of Lambeth
Barber v Somerset CC  UKHL 13 is a UK labour law case, concerning wrongful dismissal.
Barber v Somerset CC Wikipedia
Heard along with the Hatton case, Mr Barber was a maths teacher at East Bridgwater Community School (previously Sydenham Comprehensive School) who had to take on more work given funding cuts, and was working between 61 and 70 hours a week. He was head of department but then had to become the ‘Mathematical Area of Experience Co-ordinator’. He took off three weeks, and returned. The employer was unsympathetic. His work worsened and then Mr Barber had a mental collapse in November 1996, and took early retirement at 52 in March 1997.
First Instance awarded £101,000 in general and special damages.
Lord Hope and Lord Rodger gave short opinions. Lord Walker held that Mr Barber should receive £72,547 for the employer’s breach of duty by failing to take steps to ensure his health was sound following his three-week break. The school managers should have reassessed Mr Barber’s workload for the sake of his health.
Lord Bingham, Lord Steyn concurred with Lord Walker.