Is a cathedral dean an employee? Dean Martyn Percy

In Dean Martyn Percy v The Dean & Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Oxford of the Foundation of King Henry VIII [2020] UKET 3310878/2019, the Dean of Christ Church brought claims of disability discrimination and of religious discrimination against the Dean & Chapter, alleging breaches of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010. The Dean & Chapter disputed that Dean Percy had the relevant status to bring such claims, on the grounds that he was not in an employment relationship with them.


The Dean is both Dean of the Cathedral and Head of House [6]. It was not in dispute that the Dean worked (and works) on behalf of the Dean & Chapter, both in relation to the Cathedral and the College, doing what other Heads of House (mostly full-time employees) would be expected to do. Continue reading