Hewlett Packard Ltd v O’Murphy  IRLR 4 EAT
Reports relating to this case:
- 19 February 2002
Employment tribunals are usually anxious to prevent employers relying on technicalities to avoid liability for mistreating their staff. However, three recent decisions on appeal suggest the 'technical ruse' is alive and well.
Employment status: Computer specialist not an employee as no contract of any kind existed between the parties
- 15 December 2001
In Hewlett Packard Ltd v O'Murphy, the EAT holds that a computer specialist was not an employee of the company to which he provided his services - Hewlett Packard - as there was no contractual relationship of any kind between them.