Want to talk to an expert employment law solicitor?

You'll receive a callback from a specialist within an hour

MoJAn aircraft engineer has won his claim for unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal after he was dismissed on allegations of incompetence.

Mr John Higgins, an aircraft engineer at British Airways, was dismissed last year after he installed the wrong part on a plane at British Airways Maintenance Glasgow.

Mr Higgins, who had worked for the firm for 27 years prior to being fired, appealed internally against his dismissal as he believed the sanction of dismissal was too harsh, that he had had 27 years’ unblemished service with the firm, and British Airways had recorded the error as having little to no risk to the safety of the plane. However, although Mr Higgins’ appeal was upheld, British Airways would only agree to reinstate him as a mechanic, a position several grades lower than his position as an engineer – if he had accepted this demotion then this would have meant that he would have lost his status as a licenced aircraft engineer. He therefore resigned from the firm.

After resigning from British Airways, Mr Higgins made various claims to the Employment Tribunal, including claims for constructive unfair dismissal and ‘whistleblowing’.

The case came before the Employment Tribunal earlier this year, with Mr Higgins giving evidence that he believed that he had been unfairly dismissed and that he thought that British Airways had subjected him to detriments in the workplace because he had ‘blown the whistle’ on workplace practices.

The Employment Tribunal found in Mr Higgins’ favour in his claim for constructive unfair dismissal, finding that British Airway’s behaviour towards him had breached the implied term of mutual trust and confidence in his contract with the firm. However, the Employment Tribunal rejected his claim for ‘whistleblowing’, holding that Mr Higgins could not show a causal link between British Airways’ behaviour and the alleged ‘protected disclosures’ that he had made.

A BA spokeswoman commented after the decision of the Employment Tribunal: “We are pleased that the whistleblowing claims were not upheld, but we are disappointed with the outcome of the tribunal. We feel we acted fairly and properly throughout and await a full written decision. We will then decide if an appeal is appropriate.”

Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor at Redmans, commented on the case:

About

Redmans Employment Team deal with employment matters for both employers and employees, including drafting employment contracts and policies, advising employers and employees on compromise agreements, handling day-to-day HR issues, advising on restructures, and handling Employment Tribunal cases for both employers and employees Call 020 3397 3603 to speak to one of the members of our employment team or email us on enquiries@redmans.co.uk. Redmans have offices in Richmond, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Fulham, Kingston, Wimbledon, Ealing, Kings Cross and Marylebone (meetings strictly by appointment only).

Want to talk to an expert employment law solicitor?

You'll receive a callback from a specialist within an hour

Share →

Our awards

Request a callback

Your name

Your email

Your telephone number

Contact us

Please feel free to discuss your own position and concerns. Contact your nearest office on:

T: 020 3397 3603
E: enquiries@redmans.co.uk
W: www.redmans.co.uk

Testimonials

4.78 Average

138 Reviews

Richard O

Chris at Redmans is my go-to legal expert when it comes to employee-related matters. His depth of knowledge, experience and considered approach to problems and their solutions is highly valuable. I cannot recommend Redmans highly enough.

Posted 1 day ago

Rory Y

They provide me with timely and clear advice!

Posted 1 day ago

Steven C

Redmans handled my settlement with my employer quickly, decisively and to a standard that I was very happy with. I would in similar circumstances contract them again

Posted 1 day ago

Deepthi K

Transparent. Clear communication. Prompt reply’s. Saves lot of time. Very satisfied.

Posted 1 day ago

Anonymous

Chris and Sacha did a fantastic job and negotiated a significant better settlement agreement

Posted 1 day ago

Dino D

I did get a very swift and god service from Redmans

Posted 1 day ago

Stephanie H

Clear, prompt, effective support from Chris which has been very much appreciated. Thank you again.

Posted 1 week ago

Anonymous

I would highly recommend Redmans Solicitors, the team were very friendly and my case was dealt with professionally and efficiently. Thank you!

Posted 1 month ago

Shane M

Very professional, welcome advice at a crucial time. Always available and reasonable cost.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

My case was relatively straight-forward. But even so, working with Redmans was easy, quick, professional & clear. Many thanks

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

The team were very helpful and answered all my questions regarding my redundancy. Initially I had a call with one of the representatives who escalated my request to a suitable employment solicitor. We arranged a call to discuss the settlement and she helped answer all my questions. We then mainly contacted through email which helped resolve the settlement quickly and convently. Thanks for all the help.

Posted 1 month ago

Djaouida T

You have good communication.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Fast and professional. A highly recommended company for employment related issues.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Very professional service.

Posted 1 month ago

Brittany

I was very grateful for Redmans to treat my case with respect and discretion. At the time, I was very new to London and it was meaningful to have someone on my side and win the case for me. Without any doubt, I would definitely recommend Redmans Solicitors to anyone who is in need of it.

Posted 9 months ago

Jake L

Chris is very professional and calm. Very attentive and patient, been a positive experience having Chris represent me, and would recommend him.

Posted 10 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service. It was a pleasure to work with Chris H, who is brilliant at what he does and very efficient. Their Senior Associate Rana T. is also very knowledgeable and resolves any queries speedily and efficiently. My issue could unfortunately not be resolved, but that was due to my employer and not the firm. Redmans however did all they could. I would definitely recommend them.

Posted 10 months ago

Anonymous

Very pleasant and quick to deal with. Mnay thanks.

Posted 10 months ago

Anonymous

Easy to get hold of. Quick.

Posted 11 months ago

Owen J

Very helpful, efficient service.

Posted 11 months ago

Anonymous

I am very lucky that I worked with Mr. Chris Hadrill and he managed my case very progressively with an analytical approach and trustfully. Of course with a very positive result. I strongly recommend Mr. Hadrill to any one seeking for a successful result from a highly qualified solicitor.

Posted 11 months ago