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PRESIDENT OF THE METHODIST CONFERENCE v PRESTON

Unless some special arrangement was made with a particular minister, the rights and duties of ministers of the Methodist Church arose entirely from their status in the constitution of the Church and not from any contract; accordingly, the respondent, a former minister, had not been an employee of the Church and had not been entitled to bring a claim for unfair dismissal against it.

17 May 2013

[2013] UKSC 29

SC - Lord Hope JSC (Deputy President) , Lady Hale JSC, Lord Wilson JSC, Lord Sumption JSC, Lord Carnwath JSC

15 May 2013

The President of the Methodist Conference appealed against a decision ([2011] EWCA Civ 1581, [2012] Q.B. 735) that a former minister (P) who wished to bring a claim for unfair dismissal had been an employee of the Methodist Church for that purpose.

Methodist ministers had no written contract of employment. Their relationship with the Church was governed by its constitution, which was contained in what was known as the Deed of Union, by the standing orders of the Methodist Conference (the Church's governing body) and by such specific arrangements (if any) as might be made with a particular minister.

HELD: (Lady Hale dissenting) (1) Unless some special arrangement was made with a particular minister, the rights and duties of ministers of the Methodist Church arose entirely from their status in the constituti...

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