Bates Wells appointed to advise on landmark appeal case against Uber

Bates Wells, the B Corporation and national law firm, has been appointed by the lead claimants in a landmark employment rights case against gig employer Uber.


Bates Wells have been instructed by Mr Yaseen Aslam and James Farrar, the lead Claimants spearheading a class action against Uber with the support of their union, the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB).

Following last year’s hearing, the Central London Employment Tribunal ruled that Uber must accord its drivers “worker” status. In April 2017 Uber appealed this decision. BWB will be representing the drivers throughout this next stage of the appeals process.

The BWB team instructed by the claimants comprises Paul Jennings, partner in the Employment team at Bates Wells Braithwaite, Rachel Mathieson, Solicitor and Hannah Wright, Solicitor.

This latest instruction follows Jennings’s successful role as legal adviser to Margaret Dewhurst in her suit against another gig employer, CitySprint. As a result of the CitySprint case, the Tribunal ruled that Dewhurst should be classified as a worker rather than as an independent contractor in business on her own account – a landmark judgment in the field of employment law.

Reacting to the appointment, Paul Jennings, BWB, commented: “This is an extremely important case. It has implications not just for 30,000 plus Uber drivers in London, but for thousands of individuals working across the so called ‘gig economy’ who are denied the most basic protections. Mr Aslam and Farrer have shown great courage and determination and their efforts will, we believe, have a very real and positive impact.”

This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

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