Court of Appeal decide lap dancer is self employed

We report on a Court of Appeal decision on self employed status.

The employment appeal tribunal (EAT) had previously overturned the decision of an employment tribunal, ruling that Lap Dancer, Nadine Quashie, was employed by Stringfellows nightclub and as a result could claim unfair dismissal.

That EAT decision has now been reversed once again, with the Court of Appeal finding that the dancer was in fact self employed.

As a result the nightclub is under no contractual obligation to pay her wages. The Court of Appeal decided that the dancer negotiated her own fees with clients, took the risk that on any particular night she might be left out of pocket and only ever received from Stringfellows money paid by clients, less deductions.

Ms Quashie’s status as self employed was “strongly reinforced” by the fact that her contract terms involved her accepting this was her status and that she paid her own tax and did not receive sick or holiday pay. That she was self employed was the “inevitable conclusion”, the court declared.

Lee Dawkins

Lee Dawkins

Over the past 30 years Lee has overseen the expansion of the firm’s litigation department. He developed our personal injury and clinical negligence teams, creating various niche areas that now enjoy a national profile. He pioneered contentious probate, setting up one of the UK's leading inheritance dispute teams and established Slee Blackwell as a force within claimant professional negligence. He now works as the firm's marketing partner.
Lee Dawkins

Lee Dawkins

Over the past 30 years Lee has overseen the expansion of the firm’s litigation department. He developed our personal injury and clinical negligence teams, creating various niche areas that now enjoy a national profile. He pioneered contentious probate, setting up one of the UK's leading inheritance dispute teams and established Slee Blackwell as a force within claimant professional negligence. He now works as the firm's marketing partner.

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