Illegal worker’s claims not barred by statutory illegality
Okedina v Chikale  EWCA Civ 1393
- Related Member(s):
- Laura Prince, Emma Foubister
- Related Practice Area(s):
- Immigration, Asylum and Free Movement, Employment Law
- Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
The case concerned contractual claims (including unfair dismissal) brought by Malawian national whose leave to remain (and right to work) in the UK had expired.
The issue in the case was whether Immigration Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, ss 15 and 21 meant that an employee, who unknowingly worked when they had no right to work in the UK, was barred from bringing contractual claims by virtue of the doctrine of statutory illegality.
The Court of Appeal held that given that in this case that the claimant did not know of the illegality, the defences based on statutory and common law illegality must both fail. This means her claims would not be barred.
Laura Prince and Emma Foubister were involved in this case.