Not a Sharpe Turn

7 Pages Posted: 30 May 2015

See all articles by Russell Sandberg

Russell Sandberg

School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University

Date Written: May 02, 2015


In Sharpe v Bishop of Worcester [2015] EWCA Civ 399, the Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that the Revd Mark Sharpe, formerly Rector of Teme Valley South, was not an “employee” of the Bishop of Worcester or a “worker” for the purposes of employment law. This short note, which originally appeared in edited form on the Law & Religion UK blog, reviews the decision and what it means for future cases.

Keywords: Ministers of religion, employment, ministerial exemption, law and religion, employee, priests, Church of England

Suggested Citation

Sandberg, Russell, Not a Sharpe Turn (May 02, 2015). Available at SSRN:

Russell Sandberg (Contact Author)

School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University ( email )

Museum Avenue
Cardiff, Wales CF10 3AX
United Kingdom


Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics