In a comprehensive judgement, the High Court rejected a challenge by Stagecoach to the procurement of new franchises for the South Eastern, East Midlands and West Coast rail lines.
There has been a steady trickle, not quite a stream, as this new economy and its raft of rights are forged. We still await any changes following the Taylor Review, the Government is a little distracted at the moment!
- Tribunals and courts are looking beyond what is agreed between parties;
- Personal performance still key; this can be proved by the wording of documentation (Pimlico Plumbers and Mullins v Smith), and demonstrating that safeguarding checks are made against individuals (Addison Lee v Gasgoine);
- Commercial reality wins out; Uber AV v Aslam (on appeal): the drivers across the city were not all small business people as Uber asserted (such as Pimlico Plumbers and Mullins v Smith). Individuals cannot be clients nor customers if using employer branded equipment and vehicles;
The latest case involves the unlucky company of Addison Lee who appeared in an earlier ebriefing – Worker status: A tsunami of gig-economy claims. Mr Gasgoine, in the earlier case, was a cycle courier but Mr Lange, in this latest case, was a private-hire driver and hired liveried cars from a company associated with Addison Lee (Addison Lee v Lange & Ors). The general themes noticed above were again in evidence in the EAT’s judgement.
- The wording of the agreement where the drivers were deemed ‘independent contractors’ was set aside;
- The practicalities of the agreement – the drivers had to log onto a centralised booking system, give reasons they did not accept a booking and could be sanctioned if they didn’t accept bookings – were key to the judgement.
The only case that has bucked this trend and decided that individuals were not workers has been that of Independent Workers Union of Great Britain v RooFoods Ltd (t/a Deliveroo) TUR1/985(2016). This was before the Central Arbitration Committee, so there is a query as to whether it is binding in the Tribunal. That said, the principles are the same when applied.
- Personal performance was not required – substitution was permitted and importantly did occur in practice;
- There were no sanctions if individuals did not pick up a job
There is, we fear, little more to be said at this time as we await the Taylor Review and the judgement from the Court of Appeal in the case of Uber BV v Aslam.
With lockdown restrictions further lifting on 4 July, charities have a lot to think about.
We have advised a number of families, alongside Ms Ockenden’s review, in relation to concerns as to the care and treatment provided by maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust.
On 25 June 2020, the Charity Commission issued a regulatory alert to all leaders of large or complex service-providing charities.
The online divorce system is a fantastic facility available to both legal professionals and litigants in person.
The Government has confirmed that the eviction ban/possession stay will definitely end on the 23 August 2020.
AGM season will soon be upon us. One of the many challenges social distancing measures has presented is how to hold AGMs and other General Meetings.
The MHCLG has published its review into the risks of fraud and corruption in local government procurement.
On 24 April 2020, the Fire Brigade Union, supported by the prison staff union (POA), public services union PCS and the GMB, filed court proceedings against the Government.
Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 05/20 announced the Government’s update of its “Outsourcing Playbook”.
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