The 'Gig Economy' - Pimlico Plumbers v Smith

The 'Gig Economy' - Pimlico Plumbers v Smith

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Course Overview

This is the second part in a series of webinars on the regulation of the gig economy and examines one of the latest leading cases from the Court of Appeal in the growing body of litigation in this area.

During this session, barrister Ben Amunwa from 36 Group will assist viewers:

·         Appreciate the background, issues and conclusions in Pimlico Plumbers on the issue of whether self-employed plumbers were ‘limb (b) workers’ under the Employment Rights Act 1996

·         Understand the key significance of Smith for businesses, Claimants and employment lawyers

·         Familiarise themselves with the relevant facts of this key case

·         Understand the key legislative provision in dispute and how senior Judges have approached its application to the facts;

·         Consider the different types of substitution clauses in employment contracts and their practical effects on the nature of the relationship

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD points (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand the key legal and practical points arising from this important decision
  • • Have gained an overview of 5 key points for employers to bear in mind when establishing contractual arrangements with self-employed individuals
  • • Be aware of 3 tips for Claimants seeking to establish ‘worker’ status under their contracts

What is the target audience?

  • Employment law practitioners


About Instructor - Ben Amunwa

Called to the Bar in 2013, Ben enjoys a thriving practice in commercial, civil and public law. He also loves to train lawyers and non-lawyers in a variety of areas of law, putting to work his creative and presentation skills.

Ben runs a popular legal blog, called, which aims to make the law accessible to a wider audience.

His advocacy is praised by Judges, opponents and clients. A member of 36 Civil, Ben is known for his exceptional client care and attention to detail in complex and urgent cases. Ben provides practical, cost-effective and punctual advice to a range of clients, including local authorities, professionals, businesses and individuals.

Before coming to the Bar, Ben spent over a decade in the charity sector supporting individuals in crisis. His experience of management and media enables him to perform calmly under pressure. Clients value his accessible manner and his ability to explain difficult areas of law.

Achievements include:

- representing a senior doctor in a race discrimination and harassment claim against an NHS Trust;

- securing a favourable settlement at mediation for a private client in a dispute over the construction of a multi-million pound house;

- successfully defending a teacher who faced regulatory prosecution for alleged professional misconduct over a period of 3 years;

- co-counsel in R (Medical Justice and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2016). As featured in The Guardian, the case challenged the government’s reliance on a restrictive definition of torture to justify immigration detention.

- successfully defending a local authority in a judicial review concerning duties to children in need - R (SC) v London Borough of Ealing [2016] EWHC 2765 (Admin) and representing in Court of Appeal proceedings.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar


  • Notes
    4 Page
  • Evaluation
    1 Page


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  • Price
  • £ 60