Alex is an Employment and Commercial Barrister at 33 Bedford Row, who joined Chambers following completion of his first six at a Commercial Chambers in London. Whilst there Alex assisted other members in advising clients on various aspects of Commercial and Civil Law.
Here Alex provides an update on different statutory definitions for employees and workers, highlighting three main categories: employee, worker and self-employed independent contractor. There are important distinctions between these categories, with certain legal rights only being enjoyed by those who are employees, having significant implications for employment cases. Alex provides useful examples of case law to reveal the ways in which these definitions operate.
Employment Status Self Employment Employees Freelancers Sole Traders Agency Workers Autoclenz Ltd v Belcher and others  IRLR 820 (SC) Employment Rights Act 1996 Uber BV v Aslam  UKSC 5 Ter-Berg v Simply Smile Manor House Ltd and others  EAT 2 White and another v Troutbeck SA  UKEAT 0177/12 Mutuality of obligation Ready Mixed Concrete (South East) Limited v the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance  2 QB 497 Brook Street Bureau (UK) Ltd v Dacas  IRLR 358 Statutory vs contractual interpretation Sejpal v Rodericks Dental Ltd  EAT 91 James v Greenwich Council UKEAT 0006/06/1812 Substitution King v Sash Window Workshop Ltd (C-214/16) EU:C:2017:914 Zero Hours Contracts