Purplebricks still set for High Court ‘test case’ showdown

Aidan Loy of campaign group C4J says group is determined to continue the fight for a multi-million pay-out from Purplebricks.


Purplebricks is set to face High Court action today as campaigners fighting for former self-employed staff pledge to raise the stakes.

The troubled agency had dismissed the threat of a High Court hearing as a ‘publicity stunt’, and repeated its position that the ‘staff’ were not entitled to employees’ rights.

It also said it would not be negotiating a settlement, especially as it won a recent test case establishing that a former worker was not an employee.

Contractors for Justice (C4J) gave outgoing Purplebricks CEO Helena Marston six days to begin settlement talks over its £8.5 million claim on behalf of 192 former self-employed workers.

The overwhelming amount of evidence is that they were employees.”

And now C4J legal director Aidan Loy (main picture) has told The Neg the group is determined to go ahead with its threat to seek help in the High Court.

Loy says: “This is going to carry on – the overwhelming amount of evidence is that they were employees.”

He says C4J will appeal the judgement in the test case, and there are six more tribunal cases which will be pursued imminently.

And he also cast doubt on the success of the Purplebricks sale, with rival Strike poised to take over. Another bid from shareholder Lecram Holdings was withdrawn yesterday.


C4J began its group litigation claim in October 2021, arguing that the agency had failed to pay the claimants holiday pay, car allowances and pension contributions whilst self-employed.

Earlier this week, Purplebricks highlighted a recent employment tribunal case involving Mr J Williams of DNPB, where the judge found in favour of Purplebricks.

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