Employment Cases Update

Ravisy v Simmons & Simmons LLP and another UKEAT/0085/18/OO

Date published: 12/04/2019

Appeal against the ET’s decision that it had “international jurisdiction” to consider the complaints against the Respondents, but that the complaints against both Respondents fell outside the ET’s territorial jurisdiction. Appeal dismissed.

The Claimant, a French lawyer working in Paris, brought claims for equal pay, direct sex and race discrimination and victimisation against the Respondents (a UK-based international law firm and one of its partners), and the issue arose of whether the case should be adjudicated in England or in France. The ET found that it had "international jurisdiction" over the claims, but that the Claimant in this case worked exclusively in France, and so the claims fell outside the ET's territorial jurisdiction and should be brought in France.

The EAT held that the ET had correctly carried out its assessment of the sufficiency of connection issue, and had correctly decided that the claims should be litigated in France.

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Employment Claims without a Lawyer 2nd edition published March 2018