Employment Status of Tradesmen - what you need to know


 (Pimlico Plumbers v Smith)

In this case Mr Smith attempted to bring various claims against Pimlico including unfair dismissal. The question was whether or not Mr Smith, a plumber, was an employee of Pimlico. The tribunal at first instance held that he was not an employee, but that he was a worker. Mr Smith appealed.

The EAT considered all of the relevant factors. Those which pointed against Mr Smith being an employee were as follows;

The factors in favour of Mr Smith being an employee were:

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