The reference itself had referred to Bullimore's
- poor relationship with colleagues
- inflexible opinion
- proceedings against the company of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination following the termination of her employment.
In 2009 the original tribunal found that the firm of solicitors were not liable for loss of earnings. They were liable for injury to feelings though.
At appeal Bullimore fought the failure to make any award in respect of loss of earnings and the quantification of the award for injury to feelings.
The outcome was that both the original and prospective employers were found liable for loss of earnings due to the tribunal finding that the reference was an act of victimisation as it was damaging and negative.
The case was remitted back to the same tribunal to carry out an assessment of the parties' respective culpability and their degree of responsibility for the loss suffered.