Our guide to what the Archers can teach us about UK employment law

Here at DWF towers we don’t often find popular culture references to employment law. We’re also not convinced that the Archers counts as “popular” culture, but there is suddenly an awful lot of employment law in the everyday tale of country folk.

We suppose it was only a matter of time and after over 17,400 episodes that employment law issues finally came to Ambridge, but the portents were there. First, we heard Clarrie’s departure from the diary raise issues of food safety, breach of confidence plus issues from unfair dismissal case law such as Iceland Frozen Foods v Jones and Sarkar v West London Mental Health Trust. We became interested.

Next, there was the potential TUPE transfer of staff at Grey Gables and a summary of regulation 4 of TUPE and the protections given to transferring staff. We thought there might be an Enterprise Managed Services Limited v Dance issue. We became intrigued.

Johnny Phillips’ refusal to go to college in Leeds (at which our Yorkshire employment lawyers bridled) lead to Tony Archer’s surprisingly accurate description of the rights and responsibilities associated with a modern apprenticeship contract. We became impressed.

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