North Riding Garages v Butterwick

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North Riding Garages v Butterwick
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Court Court of Appeal of England and Wales
Citation(s) [1967] 2 QB 56

North Riding Garages v Butterwick [1967] 2 QB 56 is a UK labour law case, concerning redundancy.



Mr Alexander Butterwick had been the car repairs shop manager for North Riding Garages for thirty years in Whitby, Yorkshire. He could not cope with new working methods introduced by the business owners who bought out the company in 1965. This involved more paper work and providing estimates to customers in advance.

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Whitby is a seaside town, port and civil parish in the Scarborough borough of North Yorkshire, England. Situated on the east coast of Yorkshire at the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby has a maritime, mineral and tourist heritage. Its East Cliff is home to the ruins of Whitby Abbey, where Cædmon, the earliest recognised English poet, lived. The fishing port emerged during the Middle Ages, supporting important herring and whaling fleets, and was where Captain Cook learned seamanship. Tourism started in Whitby during the Georgian period and developed with the arrival of the railway in 1839. Its attraction as a tourist destination is enhanced by the proximity of the high ground of the North York Moors national park and the heritage coastline and by association with the horror novel Dracula. Jet and alum were mined locally, and Whitby Jet, which was mined by the Romans and Victorians, became fashionable during the 19th century.

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Lord Parker CJ, Glyn-Jones J and Widgery J in the Divisional Court reversed the Tribunal’s finding of redundancy. It held the garage continued to require a workshop manager, though one with different skills.


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