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Addis v Gramophone Co

[1909] AC 488

Case summary last updated at 04/01/2020 14:03 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Addis v Gramophone Co

 An employee who was paid a small salary and a larger commission was wrongfully dismissed. (He should have been entitled to 6 months' notice, and was actually given 6 months' notice, but was prevented from working it out because his successor was appointed to take over immediately). The issue was as to quantum of damages. HL held that he was entitled to his salary and reasonable commission (the latter based on what his successor had actually earned) for the 6 month notice period. He was not entitled to (i) damages for the humiliating manner of his dismissal, or (ii) any loss of reputation leading to future difficulty in employment. 

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