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  1. Thanks Becky, my research has suggested the same possibility and there are cases at the appeal stage ongoing at this very moment where this issue of "taint of illegality" has arisen. The thing is, I didn't choose this and it wasn't at all clear from the beginning to me that it was a sham. Look, I just did as I was told and that was it. I don't think the case automatically hits a brick wall if the illegality began with the employer and not the employee. I think I'm going to get my ET1 in and leave it for the tribunal in the first instance to decide whether I was legitimately an employee or
  2. Does anyone else have any advice or comments? I must imagine there are members here who have really been employees though categorized as self-employed and have taken their employers to tribunal on this basis.
  3. Thanks so much for your response. I was expected in every day at 9am although usually showed up at 9:15 or so. A text message or email from my boss would direct me otherwise - say to come in at 12 because he had an appointment.
  4. 5 years ago I began an admin job with a sole trader independent social worker (!) who urged me from the very start to register as self-employed. Being naive and desperate for work, I eventually registered for self-employed status about 6 months later. I have kept up NI 2 contributions since that time and put in self-assessments at the relevant times. HMRC's ESI tool says I was an employee. The job consisted of going into the office with the exception of a couple of times when he was away on holiday and I did some work from home. It was established at the beginning that I would be pai
  5. Dear All, Because this case has many elements and is possibly a quite extreme case, I'm going to lay out in boom-boom-boom fashion the threat I'm now facing. I'm 27 and living in the London Borough of Camden privately renting as a lodger (I gather this is called "excluded tenant) within a large house currently occupied by 10 persons (including the landlord). I'm a full time social work student who also works about 20 hours a week. I have been here 6 years now. Between Aug 2007 and November 2009 I lived with my boyfriend in a room with a total rent of £725 per month. My boyfriend
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