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Are Addison Lee drivers ‘workers’?

Yes, the Court of Appeal has held in Addison Lee v Lange, refusing permission to appeal from the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Following the Uber decision in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal stated that every time a driver logged on to the Addison Lee app, there was plainly a contract in place. The employment tribunal’s factual finding that, during the contract, those drivers were ‘workers’ was unassailable. The Court considered that Addison Lee’s submissions to the contrary would not succeed, and refused permission to appeal but (in a fully reasoned judgment) gave permission for the judgment to be cited in subsequent cases.