‘Employment Law and the Gig Economy’ by Nigel Mackay & Annie Powell


Paperback: 978-1-911035-87-9
Published: November 2018
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There has been an explosion of employment claims relating to workers in the gig economy in recent years and this trend is only set to continue, given the increasing number of companies engaging workers using a casual gig-based approach.

This book, authored by the practitioners acting on the leading cases in this area, including claims against Uber and Deliveroo, considers the particular legal issues affecting employment status claims in general and gig economy work in particular.

This book addresses the complex issues of employment status for gig economy workers under the various statutory regimes, as well as examining the potential claims that may arise out of gig economy work. It deals with the specific challenges that may arise when litigating claims relating to the gig economy and highlights the potential strategies for litigators bringing or defending such claims, as well as providing advice aimed at trade union representatives and other advisors.


Nigel Mackay is a partner and Annie Powell is a senior solicitor in the employment department at Leigh Day. They both advise employees and senior executives on the whole range of employment issues, including representing low paid and exploited workers in the gig economy and on zero hours contracts. 

Nigel and Annie acted for Uber drivers and the GMB trade union in their stunning employment tribunal victory against Uber, where it was decided that Uber drivers should be entitled to workers’ rights such as holiday pay and to be paid at least the national minimum wage. This widely reported landmark decision is at the forefront of recent cases involving gig economy workers. Nigel and Annie also act on many of the other cutting edge gig economy claims, including representing Deliveroo riders, DPD drivers and couriers who deliver for Amazon.


Chapter One – Worker Status
Chapter Two – Employment Status Under the Equality Act 2010
Chapter Three – Employment Under a Contract of Service
Chapter Four – Personal Service
Chapter Five – Extended and Other Definitions
Chapter Six – The Written Document and the True Agreement
Chapter Seven – National Minimum Wage
Chapter Eight – Holiday Pay
Chapter Nine – Deductions From Wages
Chapter Ten – Right to Receive a Written Statement of Employment Particulars
Chapter Eleven – Continuous Service for Gig Economy Workers
Chapter Twelve – Gig Economy Litigation: Where Next?


“Mackay and Powell have produced a useful guide to the key issues when determining whether gig economy workers are employees, workers, or genuinely independent subcontractors … This book will be a useful resource for anyone practising employment law.”
The Journal