Subject: Labour and Employment
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  1. Abrahams v The Performing Right Society (BAILII: [1995] EWCA Civ 35 ) [1995] ICR 1028, [1995] IRLR 486
  2. Addis v Gramophone Co Ltd (BAILII: [1909] UKHL 1 ) [1909] AC 488
  3. Annamunthodo v Oilfield Workers' Trade Union [1961] AC 945 (ICLR)
  4. Associated Newspapers Ltd v Wilson (BAILII: [1995] UKHL 2 ) [1995] IRLR 258, [1995] 2 All ER 100, [1995] 2 AC 454, [1995] 2 WLR 354
  5. Aziz v Trinity Street Taxis (BAILII: [1988] EWCA Civ 12 ) [1988] IRLR 204, [1989] QB 463
  6. Baker v Gill (BAILII: [1970] EWHC QB 1 )(1970) 6 ITR 61
  7. Bass Leisure Ltd v Thomas (BAILII: [1993] UKEAT 47_92_2203 )
  8. Baxter & Ors V Limb Group Of Companies (BAILII: [1994] EWCA Civ 29 ) [1994] IRLR 572
  9. BBC Scotland v Souster (BAILII: [2000] ScotCS 308 ) [2001] IRLR 150
  10. Bentley Engineering Co Ltd v Crown (BAILII: [1976] EWHC QB 1 ) [1976] FCR 225, (1976) ICR 225, [1976] IRLR 146 QB, [1976] ICR 225, [1976] ITR 50
  11. Bent's Brewery Co Ltd v Hogan [1945] 2 All ER 570
  12. Betts & Ors v Brintel Helicopters Ltd & Anor (BAILII: [1997] EWCA Civ 3094 ) [1996] IRLR 45 QB
  13. Bilka-Kaufhaus GmbH v Weber yon Hartz: 170/84 (BAILII: [1986] ECR 1607 ) Case R-170/84, [1986] EUECJ R-170/84
  14. Birch v University of Liverpool (BAILII: [1985] EWCA Civ 8 ) [1985] ICR 470, [1985] IRLR 165
  15. Boston Deep Sea Fishing and Ice Co v Ansell (1888) 39 Ch D 339 (ICLR)
  16. Boyo v London Borough of Lambeth (BAILII: [1994] EWCA Civ 28 ) [1994] ICR 727, [1995] IRLR 50
  17. British Aerospace v Green (BAILII: [1995] EWCA Civ 26 ) [1995] IRLR 433
  18. British Home Stores Ltd v Burchell (BAILII: [1978] UKEAT 108_78_2007 ) (EAT) , [1980] ICR 303 [1978] IRLR 379 (1978) 13 ITR 560
  19. British United Shoe Machinery Co Ltd v Clarke (BAILII: [1977] UKEAT 64_77_1107 ) (EAT) , [1977] IRLR 297, [1978] ICR 70
  20. Bromley v H & J Quick Ltd (BAILII: [1987] UKEAT 97_87_2807 ) (EAT) [1988] ICR 47, [1987] IRLR 456
  21. Broome v DPP (BAILII: [1973] UKHL 5 ) [1974] I All ER 314, [1974] 2 WLR 58, [1974] ICR 84, [1974] AC 587
  22. Brown v Merchant Ferries [1998] IRLR 682 CA
  23. Bruce & Ors v Wiggins Teape (stationery) Ltd (BAILII: [1994] UKEAT 1050_93_1305 ) (EAT) , [1994] IRLR 536
  24. Burdett-Coutts v Herts County Council [1984] IRLR 91
  25. Burgess v Bass Taverns Ltd (BAILII: [1995] EWCA Civ 40 ) [1995] IRLR 596
  26. Capper Pass Ltd v Lawton (BAILII: [1976] UKEAT 346_76_1076 ) [1977] 2 WLR 26, [1976] IRLR 366, (1976) 11 ITR 316, [1977] 2 All ER 11, [1977] QB 852
  27. Carmichael & Anor v National Power Plc (BAILII: [1999] UKHL 47 ) [1999] 1 WLR 2042; [1999] 4 All ER 897
  28. Catamaran Cruisers Ltd v Williams [1994] IRLR 386 EAT
  29. Chapman v Goonvean and Rostowrack China Clay Co Ltd (BAILII: [1973] EWCA Civ 1 ) [1973] ICR 310, (1973) ICR 310, [1973] 2 All ER 1063, [1973] 1 WLR 678, (1974) 9 ITR 379
  30. Chapman v Goonvean and Rostowrack China Clay Co Ltd (BAILII: [1972] EW Misc 2 ) [1973] ICR 50, [1973] 1 All ER 218, (1973) 8 ITR 77, 13 KIR 308, [1972] 1 WLR 1634, [1972] IRLR 124
  31. Collier v Sunday Referee Publishing Company Ltd [1940] 2 KB 647 (ICLR)
  32. Coote (C-185/97) (BAILII: [1998] EUECJ C-185/97 ) [1998] IRLR 656, [1998] 3 CMLR 958 ECJ
  33. Craig v British Railways (Scottish Region) (BAILII: [1973] EW Misc 2 ) (1973) 8 ITR 636
  34. Crofter Handwoven Harris Tweed Co v Veitch (BAILII: [1941] UKHL 2 ) [1942] AC 435
  35. D.C. Thompson & Company, Ltd. v Deakin & Ors (BAILII: [1952] EWCA Civ 5 ) [1952] Ch 646, [1952] 2 All ER 361 CA
  36. DC Thompson & Company, Ltd. v Deakin & Ors (BAILII: [1952] EWCA Civ 5 ) [1952] Ch 646;[1952] 2 All ER 361;[1952] 2 TLR 105
  37. De Souza v Automobile Association (BAILII: [1985] EWCA Civ 13 ) [1986] IRLR 103
  38. Devonald v Rosser [1906] 2 KB 728 (ICLR) CA
  39. Discount Tobacco and Confectionery Ltd v Williamson (BAILII: [1993] ICR 371 ) [1993] IRLR 327, [1993] UKEAT 327_90_1201
  40. Dixon v BBC (BAILII: [1978] EWCA Civ 4 ) [1979] ICR 281, [1979] 2 All ER 112, [1979] QB 546, [1979] 2 WLR 647
  41. Doughty v Rolls Royce Plc (BAILII: [1991] EWCA Civ 15 ) [1992] 1 CMLR 1045, [1992] IRLR 126 CA
  42. Dugdale v Kraft Foods Ltd (BAILII: [1976] UKEAT 277_76_1076 ) [1977] IRLR 160, [1976] 1 WLR 1288, (1979) 11 ITR 309, [1977] 1 All ER 454
  43. Dunnachie v Kingston upon Hall City Council (BAILII: [2004] UKHL 36 ) [2004] IRLR 727, [2004] 3 All ER 1011, [2004] ICR 1052, [2004] 3 WLR 310, [2005] 1 AC 226
  44. East Lindsey District Council v Daubney (BAILII: [1977] UKEAT 7_77_2004 ) (EAT) [1977] IRLR 181, 12 ITR 359, [1977] ICR 566
  45. Evening Standard Co Ltd v Henderson (BAILII: [1986] EWCA Civ 9 ) [1987] IRLR 64, [1987] ICR 588
  46. Express Newspapers v Keys [1980] IRLR 247
  47. Ferguson v John Dawson and Partners (Contractors) Ltd (BAILII: [1976] EWCA Civ 7 ) [1976] 1 WLR 1213
  48. Fitzgerald v Hall, Russell & Co Ltd (BAILII: [1969] UKHL 7 ) [1969] 3 WLR 868, [1970] AC 984, [1969] 3 All ER 1140
  49. Franks v Reuters Ltd (BAILII: [2003] EWCA Civ 417 )
  50. French & Anor v Barclays Bank Plc (BAILII: [1998] EWCA Civ 1092 )[1998] IRLR 646
  51. Garland v British Rail Engineering Ltd (No.2) (BAILII: [1982] UKHL 2 ) [1983] 2 AC 751, [1981] 2 CMLR, [1982] 2 WLR 918
  52. Gascol Conversions Ltd v Mercer (BAILII: [1974] EWCA Civ 11 ) [1974] ITR 282, [1974] IRLR 155, [1974] ICR 420, [1975] KIR 149
  53. General Engineering Services Ltd v Kingston and Saint Andrew Corp (Jamaica) (BAILII: [1988] UKPC 2 ) [1988] 3 All ER 867, [1989] ICR 88, [1989] 1 WLR 69, [1989] IRLR 35
  54. GFI Group Inc v Eaglestone [1994] IRLR 119 QB
  55. Gibbons v South West Services Ltd (BAILII: [1994] EWCA Civ 24 )
  56. Gogay v Hertfordshire County Council (BAILII: [2000] EWCA Civ 228 )2000] Fam Law 883, [2000] IRLR 703, [2001] 1 FCR 455, (2001) 3 LGLR 14, [2001] 1 FLR 280
  57. Grant v South-West Trains Ltd (BAILII: [1998] EUECJ C-249/96 ) [1998] All ER (EC) 193, Case C-249/96, [1998] ECR I-621
  58. Greer v Sketchleys Limited (BAILII: [1978] EWCA Civ 8 ) [1979] IRLR 445
  59. Halford v United Kingdom (Application 20605/92) (BAILII: [1997] ECHR 32 ) (1997) 3 BHRC 31, [1997] IRLR 471, [1998] Crim LR 753, 3 BHRC 31, (1997) 24 EHRR 523
  60. Hall (HM Inspector of Taxes) v Lorimer (BAILII: [1993] EWCA Civ 25 ) 66 TC 349, [1994] STC 23, [1994] 1 WLR 209, [1993] STI 1382, [1994] 1 All ER 250, [1994] IRLR 171, [1994] ICR 218
  61. Hanover Insurance Brokers Ltd v Schapiro (BAILII: [1993] EWCA Civ 2 ) [1994] IRLR 82
  62. High Table Ltd v Horst & Ors [1997] EWCA Civ 2000 (BAILII: [1997] EWCA Civ 2000 ) [1997] IRLR 513, [1998] ICR 409
  63. Hivac Ltd v Park Royal Scientific Instruments Ltd [1946] Ch 169 CA
  64. Hivac Ltd v Park Royal Scientific Instruments Ltd[1946] Ch 169 (ICLR) CA
  65. Hughes & Ors v Asset Managers Plc (BAILII: [1994] EWCA Civ 14 ) [1995] 3 All ER 669, [1994] CLC 556
  66. Iceland Frozen Foods v Jones (BAILII: [1982] UKEAT 62_82_2907 ) (EAT) [1983] ICR 17 [1982] IRLR 439
  67. James v Eastleigh Borough Council (BAILII: [1990] UKHL 6 ) [1990] 3 WLR 55, [1990] 2 AC 751, [1990] 2 All ER 607
  68. Jenkins v Kingsgate (Clothing Productions) Ltd (No 2) (BAILII: [1981] UKEAT 145_79_1906 ) [1981] ICR 715, [1981] 1 WLR 1485
  69. Johnson v Unisys (BAILII: [2001] UKHL 13 ) [2003] 1 AC 518;[2001] Emp LR 469;[2001] ICR 480;[2001] UKHL 13;[2001] 2 All ER 801;[2001] 2 WLR 1076;[2001] IRLR 279
  70. Jones v Associated Tunnelling (BAILII: [1981] UKEAT 523_80_1610 ) (EAT) [1981] IRLR 477
  71. Jones v Post Office (BAILII: [2001] EWCA Civ 558 ) [2001] ICR 805, [2001] Emp LR 527, [2001] IRLR 384
  72. Keppel Bus Company Ltd v Ahmad (Singapore) (BAILII: [1974] UKPC 2 ) [1974] RTR 504, 17 KIR 90, [1974] 1 WLR 1082, [1974] 2 All ER 700
  73. King v St Andrew's University (BAILII: [2005] ScotCS CSIH_43 ) 2006 SCLR 46
  74. Lane v The Shire Roofing Company (Oxford) Ltd (BAILII: [1995] EWCA Civ 37 ) [1995] IRLR 493, [1995] PIQR 417
  75. Langston v Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (BAILII: [1973] EWCA Civ 7 ) [1974] 1 WLR 185, [1974] 1 All ER 980
  76. Langston v Cranfield University (BAILII: [1998] UKEAT 647_96_1201 ) [1998] IRLR 172
  77. Lavarack v Woods of Colchester Ltd. (BAILII: [1966] EWCA Civ 4 ) [1966] 3 All ER 683, 1 KIR 312, [1966] 3 WLR 706, [1967] 1 QB 278
  78. Lawlor v Union of Post Office Workers [1965] Ch 712, [1965] 1 All ER 353, [1965] 2 WLR 579 Ch D
  79. Lawlor v Union of Post Office Workers[1965] Ch 712 (ICLR), [1965] 1 All ER 353, [1965] 2 WLR 579 (ICLR) Ch D
  80. Lee Ting Sang v Chung Chi-Keung (BAILII: [1990] UKPC 1 ) [1990] 2 WLR 1173, [1990] ICR 409, [1990] 2 AC 374
  81. Leonard v Southern Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce (BAILII: [2000] UKEAT 789_99_1010 ) (EAT) , [2001] IRLR 19
  82. Lesney Products & Co Ltd v Nolan (BAILII: [1976] EWCA Civ 8 ) [1977] IRLR 77, [1977] ICR 235, 12 ITR 6
  83. Malik v BCCI SA (BAILII: [1997] UKHL 23 )[1998] AC 20;[1997] 3 All ER 1;[1997] ICR 606;[1997] 3 WLR 95;[1997] IRLR 462
  84. Mandla (Sewa Singh) v Dowell Lee (BAILII: [1982] UKHL 7 ) [1983] IRLR 209, [1983] 2 WLR 620, [1983] 2 AC 548, [1983] ICR 385, [1983] 1 All ER 1062
  85. Massey v Crown Life Insurance Co (BAILII: [1977] EWCA Civ 12 ) [1978] 2 All ER 576, [1978] 1 WLR 676
  86. McAlwane v Boughton Estates Ltd [1973] 2 All ER 299, [1973] ICR 470 NIRC
  87. McCreadie v Thomson & MacIntyre (Patternmakers) Limited (BAILII: [1971] UKHL 5 ) [1971] 1 WLR 1193;[1971] 2 All ER 1135;1971 SC (HL) 124;1971 SLT 242
  88. McMaster v Manchester Airport pIc (BAILII: [1998] IRLR 112 ) 593 IRLB 17, [1997] UKEAT 149_97_2710
  89. Meade-Hill & Anor v The British Council (BAILII: [1995] EWCA Civ 33 ) [1995] ICR 847, [1995] IRLR 478, [1996] 1 All ER 79
  90. Meer v London Borough of Tower Hamlets (BAILII: [1988] EWCA Civ 10 ) [1988] IRLR 399
  91. Moon v Homeworthy Furniture (Northern) Ltd (BAILII: [1976] UKEAT 177_76_1307 ) (EAT) , [1976] IRLR 298, [1977] ICR 117
  92. Morrish v Henlys (Folkestone) Ltd (BAILII: [1973] EW Misc 1 ) [1973] 2 All ER 137, [1973] ICR 482, [1973] IRLR 61, [1973] ITR 167
  93. Mumford v Boulton and Paul (Steel Constructions) Ltd (BAILII: [1970] EWCA Civ 1 ) (1971) 6 ITR 76
  94. National Dock Labour Board v John Bland and Company Ltd & Ors (BAILII: [1971] UKHL 4 ) [1972] AC 222;[1971] 2 WLR 1491;[1971] 2 All ER 779;[1971] 2 Lloyd's Rep 20;14 KIR 137;[1971] ITR 152
  95. North Riding Garages Ltd v Butterwick [1967] 2 QB 56 (ICLR), [1967] 1 All ER 644 DC
  96. Norton Tool Co Ltd v Tewson (BAILII: [1972] EW Misc 1 ) (1972) 13 KIR 328, [1973] ITR 23, [1972] ICR 501, [1973] 1 All ER 183, [1973] 1 WLR 45, [1972] IRLR 86
  97. Notcutt v Universal Equipment Company (London) Ltd (BAILII: [1986] EWCA Civ 3 ) [1986] IRLR 218
  98. Ojutiku v Manpower Services Commission (BAILII: [1982] EWCA Civ 3 ) [1982] IRLR 418
  99. Parkes Classic Confectionery Ltd v Ashcroft (BAILII: [1971] EWHC QB 1 ) (1973) 8 ITR 43
  100. Paul and Fraser v NALGO [1987] IRLR 413 Ch D
  101. Peake v Automotive Products Ltd (BAILII: [1977] UKEAT 443_76_1702 ) (EAT) [1977] QB 780, [1977] IRLR 105, [1977] 2 WLR 751
  102. Peet v Nottinghamshire County Council (BAILII: [1992] EWCA Civ 1 ) [1992] IRLR 362, [1992] ICR 706
  103. Polkey v AE Dayton Services (BAILII: [1987] UKHL 8 ) [1988] AC 344 [1987] 3 WLR 1153 [1987] 3 All ER 974 [1988] ICR 142
  104. Port of London Authority v Payne & Ors (BAILII: [1993] EWCA Civ 26 ) [1994] IRLR 9, [1994] ICR 555
  105. Price v Civil Service Commission & Ors (BAILII: [1977] UKEAT 1_77_1507 ) (EAT) [1978] 1 All ER 1228, [1978] ICR 27, [1977] IRLR 291, [1977] 1 WLR 1417
  106. R v Secretary of State for Employment, ex p. Equal Opportunities Commission (BAILII: [1994] UKHL 2 ) [1994] ICR 317, [1995] 1 AC 1, [1994] 1 All ER 910, [1994] 2 WLR 409, 92 LGR 360
  107. R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex p. Benwell [1984] 3 All ER 854; [1985] QB 554 (ICLR); [1985] IRLR 6
  108. Ready Mixed Concrete (South East) Ltd v Minister of Pensions and National Insurance [1968] 2 QB 497 (ICLR)
  109. Safeway Stores pIc v Burrell (BAILII: [1997] ICR 523 ) [1997] UKEAT 168_96_2401, [1997] IRLR 200
  110. Salvesen v Simons (BAILII: [1993] UKEAT 451_93_2210 ) (EAT) [1994] ICR 409, [1994] IRLR 52
  111. Sanders v Ernest A Neale Ltd (BAILII: [1974] EW Misc 1 ) [1974] ITR 395, [1974] ICR 565, [1974] 3 All ER 327, [1974] IRLR 236, [1975] KIR 77
  112. Scala Ballroom (Wolverhampton) Ltd v Ratcliffe (BAILII: [1958] EWCA Civ 4 )[1958] 1 WLR 1057, [1958] 3 All ER 220 CA
  113. Secretary of State for Employment v The Mitchell Construction Company Ltd (BAILII: [1971] EWCA Civ 3 ) (1971) 7 ITR 24
  114. Showboat Entertainment Centre Ltd v Owens (BAILII: [1983] UKEAT 29_83_2810 ) (EAT) , [1984] 1 WLR 384, [1984] IRLR 7, [1984] 1 All ER 836
  115. Spencer v Gloucestershire County Council (BAILII: [1985] EWCA Civ 14 ) [1985] IRLR 393
  116. Stenhouse Ltd v Philips (BAILII: [1973] UKPC 1 ) [1974] 1 All ER 117, [1974] AC 391, [1974] 2 WLR 134
  117. Stevedoring & Haulage Services Ltd v Fuller (BAILII: [2001] EWCA Civ 651 ) [2001] IRLR 627, [2001] Emp LR 690
  118. Strathclyde Regional Council v Wallace (BAILII: [1998] UKHL 4 ) [1998] 1 WLR 259, [1998] 1 All ER 394
  119. System Floors (UK) Ltd v Domiel (BAILII: [1981] UKEAT 321_81_1410 ) (EAT) [1982] ICR 54, [1981] IRLR 475
  120. Taff Vale Railway Co v Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants (BAILII: [1901] UKHL 1 ) [1901] AC 246
  121. Thomas v NUM (South Wales Area) [1985] ICR 886, [1986] Ch. 20, [1985] 2 WLR 1081 (ICLR) Ch D
  122. Thompson & Ors v Eaton Ltd (BAILII: [1976] UKEAT 24_76_1404 ) (EAT) [1976] IRLR 308, [1976] ICR 336, [1976] 3 All ER 384
  123. Torquay Hotel Co Ltd v Cousins (BAILII: [1968] EWCA Civ 2 ) [1969] 2 WLR 289, [1969] 2 Ch 106, [1969] 1 All ER 522
  124. Turriff Construction Ltd v Bryant & Ors (BAILII: [1967] EWHC QB 1 ) (1967) 2 ITR 292
  125. United Bank Ltd v Akhtar (BAILII: [1989] UKEAT 230_88_1210 ) (EAT) , [1989] IRLR 507
  126. University of Nottingham v Eyett & Anor (BAILII: [1998] EWHC 317 (Ch) )[1999] IRLR 87, [1999] 2 All ER 437
  127. W. Devis & Sons Ltd v Atkins (BAILII: [1977] UKHL 6 ) [1977] AC 931;[1977] 3 WLR 214;[1977] 3 All ER 40;8 BLR 57;[1977] ICR 662;[1977] IRLR 314;(1978) 13 ITR 71
  128. W. Gimber & Sons Ltd v Spurrett (BAILII: [1967] EWHC QB 2 ) [1966] ITR 391
  129. Waite v Government Communications Headquarters (BAILII: [1983] UKHL 7 ) [1983] IRLR 341
  130. Walker v Northumberland County Council (BAILII: [1994] EWHC QB 2 ) [1995] 1 All ER 737, [1995] IRLR 35 QB
  131. Webb v EMO Air Cargo (UK) Ltd (No.2) (BAILII: [1995] UKHL 13 ) [1995] 1 WLR 1454, [1996] 2 CMLR 990 HL
  132. Western Excavating (ECC) Ltd v Sharp (BAILII: [1977] EWCA Civ 2 ) [1978] QB 761, [1978] 1 All ER 713
  133. Williams & Ors v Compair Maxam Ltd (BAILII: [1982] UKEAT 372_81_2201 ) (EAT) , [1982] ICR 156, [1982] IRLR 83
  134. Young & Woods v West (BAILII: [1980] EWCA Civ 6 ) [1980] IRLR 201

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