15 November 2010

Daniel Barnett’s Law Bulletin reports that the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed four appeals by alleged serial litigant John Berry.

Mr Berry was the subject of a fairly damning article in
The Times earlier this year. He is in his 50s, and apparently scours the internet for job adverts calling for a 'recent school leaver' or suchlike, brings an age discrimination claim and - in the vast majority of cases - the employer settles for a few thousand pounds to avoid litigation.

Underhill P, sitting in the EAT, has dismissed four appeals by Mr Berry. Whilst making it clear that he was not in a position to assess Mr Berry's motivation in bringing his claims (Mr Berry not having attended the hearing), he stated at
paragraph 29 that - in general - those who seek to exploit discrimination legislation for financial gain are liable to find themselves facing a liability for costs.


This is a useful decision for anybody facing claims from Claimants who appear to be serial litigants.