Emerging Markets Partnership (Europe) LTD v Bachnak
Court of Appeal
19 December 2003
The Court of Appeal has held that where an ’employee’ enters into two contracts with the ’employer’, one (without any remuneration) in a traditional employee/employer relationship, and the other (with remuneration to the limited company) through the intermediary of a one-man limited company, an employment tribunal cannot simply say that the lack of remuneration on the one contract, and the absence of a direct contractual relationship on the other, means that the individual is not an employee (and thus cannot claim unfair dismissal).
The Court added that a tribunal should look at the two contracts in the round and decide whether, in the light of the co-existing contracts, an express or implied contract of employment arises.