Addison Lee drivers are Workers and Entitled to basic workers’ rights

The London Central Employment Tribunal has held that three Addison Lee drivers are workers for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act 1996, the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and the Working Time Regulations 1998.

According to the employment judge, the suggestion that the Addison Lee drivers were independent contractors was not valid as they had to comply with a dress code, were unable to refuse jobs once logged into the booking system and had to pay fixed fees for hiring an Addison Lee car.

Niki Avraam, Employment Partner comments: This is the latest in a series of employment status claims in recent months and follows closely behind the Employment Tribunal’s ruling that Uber drivers are workers rather than independent contractors. The ruling is currently being contested by Uber though this may be the least of Uber’s worries given recent events!


Howat Avraam Solicitors provide Commercial, Employment and Contract Dispute advice to companies and business owners. As business owners ourselves, we have a pragmatic in-house approach to resolving issues before they arise by working alongside our clients. We are commercial, practical and entrepreneurial in our approach to legal services.

To discuss any employment matter on a no obligation basis, please contact Niki Avraam, Employment Partner, on 020 3735 6708 or email Niki at Alternatively, visit our website at

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