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Monday, 21 November 2011


Employed or “Self-employed” ?

The Southampton Employment Tribunal has found at a pre hearing review (PHR) that a ‘self-employed’ independent financial adviser (IFA) was an employee.
Key to the Tribunal’s decision in Johnson-Caswell v MJB (Partnership) Ltd was the level of control the employer exerted over the IFA in order to ensure compliance with FSA rules.

When Johnson-Caswell’s contract was terminated he lodged several claims including a claim for unfair dismissal.

At the PHR it was held that MJB Ltd exercised a ‘sufficient degree of control’ and the ‘control’ test laid down in the Ready Mix concrete case was met, thus Johnson-Caswell was held to be an employee.

That the control was exercised in order to meet the firm’s FSA obligations was irrelevant and the test was met despite Johnson-Caswell’s autonomy in determining how he worked and charged his clients.

This is a first instance decision but it is likely to cause concern to firms who are FSA regulated and may well impact on other regulated industries.

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