I am not sure the Supreme Court Pimlico Judgment takes the law much further, although it remains to be seen how Tribunals read it. But it probably does tell you which way the wind is blowing. If I were an employer I would be very careful about assuming someone is not a worker as Tribunals and courts are increasingly leaning towards giving individuals the rights of a worker. Hopefully the government will give some clarity soon, although given the issues with Brexit I am not holding my breath.
Outside the court, Charlie Mullins, the founder of Pimlico Plumbers, said he was considering taking an appeal against the decision to the European court of human rights in Strasbourg. “It’s not over yet,” Mullins said. “We are going to take it to the next stage if we can and prove this chap was self-employed. At the worst, we will go back to the tribunal and fight it. Around 4.8 million subcontractors in the UK will be affected by this decision. The government needs to step in and provide clarity to the employment laws.”