A dismissal dispute between a surgeon and his hospital could pave the way for multi-million pound compensation claims as prior limitations are overturned.

Ryan Solicitors, representing orthopaedic surgeon Michael Edwards, has won an appeal in which it claimed that the compensation for breach of disciplinary procedure should not be capped at notice-period earnings, as traditionally held.

In Edwards v Chesterfield Royal Hospital [2009] EWHC 2011 (QB), the Court of Appeal upheld the surgeon’s claim that when an employer breaches contractual disciplinary procedure the worker is entitled to make compensation claims under general law if he wins his case.

Martin Warren, partner at Eversheds, said: "This case is of eno...

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