The oxidation of 34 organic sulphides hy 2,2′-hipyridinium chlorochromate (BPCC) resulted in the formation of the corresponding sulphoxides. The reaction is first order with respect to both BPCC and the sulphide, and is catalysed by hydrogen ions. The hydrogen-ion dependence has the form:kobs = a+b[H+]. The oxidation was studied in 19 different organic solvents. An analysis of the solvent effect by Swain’s equation showed that the both cation-and anion-solvating powers of the solvents play important roles. The rates of oxidation meta- andp-substituted phenyl methyl sulphides were correlated with Charton’s LDR equation. The rates of theo-compounds showed excellent correlation with the LDRS equation. Oxidation of thep-compounds is more susceptible to the delocalizationeffect. Oxidation of themcompounds exhibited a greater dependence on the field effect. In the oxidation of theo-compounds, the contribution of delocalized effect is slightly more than that of the field effect. The oxidation of alkyl phenyl sulphides is subject to both polar and steric effects of the alkyl groups. Polar reaction constants are negative, indicating an electron-deficient sulphur centre in the rate-determining step. A mechanism involving formation of a sulphurane intermediate in the slow step has been proposed.