Uber loses employment case on drivers’ rights

DLA Piper client Uber has lost a landmark employment rights case against its drivers.

Employment Judge Snelson today ruled that Uber drivers should receive the national minimum wage and holiday pay – four months after the case was first brought before the tribunal.

The GMB Union, who brought the case on behalf of the Uber drivers, instructed Leigh Day partner Nigel Mackay and lawyer Anna Powell to act on the case. They instructed Matrix Chambers barrister Thomas Linden QC.

The defendants Uber meanwhile called upon DLA Piper partner Adam Hartley and Jonathan Ollivent, who instructed Littleton Chambers’ David Reade QC.

A further hearing looks set to examine how much holiday and pay Uber drivers should receive.

In August 2016, Uber instructed Hogan Lovells to mount a judicial review of Transport for London’s new rules for private hire cars.

Last October Blackstone Chambers’ Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Hogan Lovells secured a win for Uber after the High Court decided that the private hire company’s app was legal under the legislation governing taxis in London.

The legal line-up

For the claimant, GMB Union 

Matrix Chambers Thomas Linden QC, instructed by Leigh Day partner Nigel Mackay and lawyer Anna Powell

For the defendant, Uber 

Littleton Chambers David Reade QC, instructed by DLA Piper partner Adam Hartley and lawyer Jonathan Ollivent

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