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High Court rules Deliveroo riders are self-employed

The High Court has dismissed a judicial review launched by the IWGB trade union against earlier decisions by the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) and the High Court which had found that Deliveroo riders are self-employed.

The decision is particularly significant because the Court held that riders are not in an 'employment relationship' for the purposes of European law.

Dan Warne, UK Managing Director of Deliveroo, said, 'We are pleased that today's judgment upholds the earlier decisions of the High Court and the CAC that Deliveroo riders are self-employed, providing them the flexibility they want. In addition to emphatically confirming this under UK national law, the Court also carefully examined the question under European law and concluded riders are self-employed.

“This a victory for riders who have consistently told us the flexibility to choose when and where they work, which comes with self-employment, is their number one reason for riding with Deliveroo. We will continue to seek to offer riders more security and make the case that Government should end the trade off in Britain between flexibility and security.”