Addison Lee try to dodge a Tribunal bullet to avoid compensating drivers

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Lawyers will be back in court on Thursday 10th November after multiple delays caused by Addison Lee’s attempts to kick the legal can down the road.

Addison Lee, a big name in the private hire and courier industry appears to be acting like it is above the law, trying a re-run of an Employment Tribunal in yet another attempt to avoid compensation payments for drivers who worked under bogus self-employment status for the company, says GMB London.

A decision by the Court of Appeal in April 2021refused permission for Addison Lee to appeal against the successful worker status judgment at the ET and EAT. The judgment can be found here.

Addison Lee wrote to Leigh Day, the law firm representing GMB’s members advising that Addison Lee wish to challenge the original judgment. The company claims that driver contracts now issued and updated processes mean that worker status should be argued about once again. GMB believes Addison Lee’s challenge is simply a delay tactic to prevent hard-working drivers obtain their compensation.

Steve Garelick, GMB London Region Organiser said:

“For years Addison Lee has tried to avoid the outcome of the Uber case with several attempts to delay matters and now claims that matters have changed since the Supreme Court’s decision.

“This once prolific minicab company cannot ride roughshod over workers when things don’t go in their favour.  It is time for the company to do the right thing and stop using solicitors to wear down the drivers whom they claim to respect. 

“When stories like this circulate about shameful private hire operators whose behaviour prevents workers from earning a decent wage, receiving holiday pay and honouring workers’ rights it is no wonder that drivers vote with their feet.“


For more information please contact: Steve Garelick, GMB London Region Organiser on 079 6776 3980 or GMB London Region Press Office 079 7001 9643 / 


Editors notes:

GMB London Press Release 14/11/2018: GMB London - GMB Scores Addison Lee Win

GMB London Press Release 20/06/2018: GMB London - Addison Lee Employment Appeal Tribunal against driver’s employment classification set for Thursday 21 June

GMB London Press Release 25/09/2017: GMB London - Landmark legal victory as courts rule Addison Lee drivers are worker

GMB London Press Release 25/01/2017: GMB London - July tribunal date set by London hearing on Addison lee unfair dismissals cases

GMB London Press Release 24/01/2017: GMB London - Hearing tomorrow on GMB Members Unfair dismissal claim against Addison Lee