Judgment will be handed down by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Aslam & Farrar v Uber on Friday, 10 November at 10:30am. A copy of the Employment Tribunal judgment which is being appealed is available here.
Cloisters’ Jason Galbraith-Marten QC and Sheryn Omeri, instructed by Paul Jennings and Rachel Mathieson of Bates Wells Braithwaite acted for the Claimant Uber drivers, Yaseen Aslam and James Farrar defending Uber’s appeal against the decision of the Employment Tribunal which found that the drivers fell within the definition of “worker” and were therefore entitled to be paid minimum wage and holiday pay. On appeal, Uber argued that the first instance Tribunal got it wrong and that Uber London Limited was in fact acting as agent for the drivers who were not workers but independent contractors.
The case is the first and largest of the cases to be brought in relation to those who participate in the “gig economy.” It will directly affect the fate of 40,000 Uber drivers in the UK and no doubt indirectly, the fate of those in overseas jurisdictions.
Ms. Omeri (0207 827 4000) and Ms. Mathieson (020 7551 7777) will be available for comment once judgment is handed down on Friday.
The press will also be permitted to attend the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Details are available here