Rollits help SMC in high profile Employment Tribunal matter

Rollits has acted for Superstadium Management Company Ltd (SMC) in the case of Harrison and Cook v Superstadium Management Company Ltd (SMC)

The case involved two groundsmen formerly employed at the KCOM Stadium in Hull who had been dismissed on grounds of misconduct but were subsequently awarded no compensation .

The claimants brought complaints of unfair dismissal in the Hull employment tribunal, using crowdfunding to pay their legal fees. They secured considerable publicity for their claims in the press and via social media, spuriously framing them as “a fight for justice”.

SMC conceded that the dismissals were procedurally unfair but successfully argued that the tribunal should not make any award of compensation because both claimants were guilty of serious breaches of contract.

Ed Jenneson, who advises SMC and Hull City on a variety employment issues (including the arrival of Steve Bruce at the club in 2012 and all subsequent managerial appointments), represented SMC along with Melanie Tether of Old Square Chambers

Ed Jenneson said “We are pleased to continue to act for Hull City and SMC, and were delighted with the outcome of this case.  It was an interesting matter to be involved in and gave Rollits the opportunity to utilise our expertise in employment law”

Ehab Allam, Vice Chairman of Hull City said, “We are very grateful for the expert advice from Rollits on this matter and the hard work put in by Ed and Melanie during Tribunal which attracted much media attention locally.”

Posted on: 26/12/2017

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