Pimlico Plumbers loses employment rights case in landmark legal battle

Pimlico Plumbers has lost a legal battle in the UK’s highest court over workers‘ rights in a ruling that could have massive implications for the “gig economy”.

The business, founded by entrepreneur Charlie Mullins, has been told that a plumber who was on its books as self-employed was entitled to benefits such as holiday and sick pay.

Judges at the Supreme Court said an employment tribunal was “entitled to conclude” that Gary Smith was a worker for Pimlico Plumbers. This was despite him having been VAT-registered and paying self-employment taxes during his six years at the business.

The judge said: „Although the contract did provide him with elements of operational and financial independence,…