Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed

Mr Nurmohamed, a Director of Chesterton’s Mayfair office, was dismissed after making protected disclosures about discrepancies in the company’s accounting policies which, he asserted, led to reduced earnings for him and a hundred other senior managers. Despite both the ET and the EAT upholding his claim for unfair dismissal, Chesterton took the case to the Court of Appeal which upheld the decision of the lower courts on the grounds that he had made a protected disclosure. The Court agreed that although the public interest, per se, was not affected, the number of employees disadvantaged by the discrepancies was sufficiently large to be counted as in the public interest. The size of the company and the deliberate accounting errors also contributed to the decision.