Church of England freehold incumbents not “employees”: Sharpe v Bishop of Worcester

See also: Not a Sharpe Turn: a note on Sharpe v Bishop of Worcester.

The Court of Appeal (Arden, Davis and Lewison LJJ) has handed down judgment in Sharpe v The Bishop of Worcester [2015] EWCA Civ 399 and held unanimously that the Revd Mr Sharpe, formerly freehold Rector of Teme Valley South in the Diocese of Worcester, was not an “employee” of the Bishop of Worcester for the purposes of his claim for unfair dismissal or a “worker” for the purposes of his other claims. Continue reading