Partner Alex Bearman was featured recently on Sky News discussing the latest landmark court case involving Uber drivers and their rights.

The drivers succeeded in their claim for worker status. Alex explained how the judgment will lead to significant additional costs for Uber as it will be required to provide paid holiday and ensure that drivers are receiving the national minimum wage. He added, the case would likely to lead to similar claims being brought against other operators in the gig economy.

Uber has announced that it will appeal the decision but Alex pointed out that a recent review of employment practices announced by the Prime Minister could lead to the company being forced to grant its drivers additional rights in any event.

Alex has also been featured across a number of press platforms including the BBC, Mail Online, The Times and The Telegraph.

Alex commented, “This outcome is bad news for Uber and is likely to have significant implications for other operators in the fast growing ‘gig economy’. The company now faces having to fund costly benefits for its drivers such as holiday pay, sick pay and pension contributions.”

Alex specialises in employment law, acting for both employers and employees. Dealing with contentious and non-contentious matters, Alex has been involved in consultation on new employment legislation, making contributions on proposed changes to maternity and paternity rights and statutory dispute resolution procedures.

For more information visit our employment disputes page.