Territorial jurisdiction

In Anderson v Stena Drilling PTE Limited, the EAT considered the territorial jurisdiction tests established by the House of Lords in Lawson v Serco for the first time. The Scottish claimant, who worked on an oil rig in far eastern waters and was employed by a company registered in Singapore, unsuccessfully argued that he had the protection of the unfair dismissal provisions in the Employment Rights Act 1996 on the basis that he was a peripatetic or an expatriate employee (the second and third category of employee in Lawson v Serco). The EAT upheld the tribunal's finding that it had no jurisdiction to hear his unfair dismissal claim.

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