An interesting week for the ordinary citizen: Uber and the EU

03 Nov 2016

Last Friday, the Employment Tribunal issued a judgment that contained a scathing demolition of Uber's attempts to argue that its drivers in the UK were genuinely self-employed.  It found that they were workers and therefore entitled to a set of rights that includes the minimum wage, paid holiday and rest breaks. 

We will be exploring this decision and the increasingly difficult subject of self-employment and employment/worker status in a series of seminars early in 2017. Please click here to pre-register for these seminars.

Today, the High Court issued an equally firm (although not scathing) judgment that, despite the referendum vote in June, the UK's withdrawal from the EU under Article 50 can only be triggered if Parliament votes in favour of it.  Whilst also a defeat for the government, it is a reminder for us ordinary citizens that referenda do not make law.

We will be discussing this further at our Brexit breakfast workshop in London on Wednesday, 9 November 2016. Please click here to register for this event.

Appeals are almost inevitable in both cases. The appeal in the Article 50 will be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court and is likely to be heard during December. An appeal in the Uber case will have to follow the normal process of going first to the EAT, then the Court of Appeal and, ultimately, the Supreme Court.

If you have questions about how the Uber Employment Tribunal ruling could affect your business please contact:

Further reading

CMA fines pharmaceutical company more than £100m

Drug pricing policies under scrutiny as CMA comes down hard on inflated prices and supernormal profits
Read more Read

5 data protection changes to be aware of

Commercial law specialist Liz Gillingham provides a summary of recent developments in data protection law
Read more Read

Destination: office?

Blog, News & PR
Emily Wood considers the results of our recent survey and the implications for the future of the post-pandemic workplace
Read more Read

Commercial lease renewals and pandemic clauses

Will commercial reality trump the law when leases are up for renewal? Property expert James Picknell takes a look
Read more Read
  • Brighton Office

    1 Jubilee Street


    East Sussex

    BN1 1GE

  • Gatwick Office

    Griffin House

    135 High Street


    West Sussex

    RH10 1DQ

  • Guildford Office

    Wonersh House

    The Guildway

    Old Portsmouth Road



    GU3 1LR

  • Horsham Office

    Ridgeland House

    15 Carfax


    West Sussex

    RH12 1DY

  • London Office

    6 New Street Square

    New Fetter Lane


    EC4A 3BF

  • Get in touch