The Supreme Court has ruled that teachers employed by a UK government department and working abroad in European Schools had a sufficiently close connection with Britain and British employment law to enable them to bring UK unfair dismissal claims.  It was relevant that the contract of employment was governed by English law. 

The ruling illustrates the courts' willingness to allow claims where there is a demonstrably close connection to Britain.  The Supreme Court will be considering similar issues in relation to discrimination law in due course, as it has recently granted leave to appeal in the case of Mak v BA (see our ebulletin).