This is a successful appeal by the respondent, Kingston Upon Hull City Council, from the decision of the Court of Appeal reported in Legal Briefing No.8 of 2004. The applicant had worked for the respondent local authority as an environmental health officer and had been driven from his job by a campaign of bullying by his manager. The Employment Tribunal awarded him the statutory maximum amount for a claim for unfair dismissal. Included in its assessment of the level of the compensatory award was the sum of £10,000 in respect of damage to family life. The Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that the Employment Tribunal erred in law in awarding this sum for non-economic loss. The Court of Appeal overturned that decision.

The House of Lords was asked to decide finally whether section 123(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 allowed for the recovery of non-economic loss.