Gig economy: heating engineer wins claim against Pimlico Plumbers

Supreme court’s judgment sets clear precedent and is likely to influence other legal battles over employment status

A heating engineer has won his claim against Pimlico Plumbers, establishing that he was a worker and not self-employed in a unanimous decision by the UK’s highest court that will set a clear precedent for other gig economy disputes.

The supreme court’s judgment is likely to influence the outcome of protracted legal battles such as those involving the cab firms Uber and Addison Lee, who are in dispute with their drivers over their employment status.

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