Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Bottrill

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Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Bottrill
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Court Court of Appeal of England and Wales
Decided 12 February 1999
Citation(s) [1999] EWCA Civ 781, [1999] BCC 177, [1999] ICR 592
Court membership
Judge(s) sitting Lord Woolf MR, Peter Gibson LJ and Mantell LJ
Keywords
Lifting the veil, employee

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Bottrill [1999] EWCA Civ 781 is a UK company law and UK labour law case, which relates to issues such as lifting the corporate veil and the definition of "employee".

Facts[edit]

Mr Bottrill was the managing director of the insolvent Magnatech UK Ltd, the fact that he was the only shareholder did not preclude his claim for unpaid wages (£346.15 a week) from the National Insurance Fund. Mr Bottrill’s sole shareholding was merely a temporary measure before the American Magnatech Group would take over ownership.

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Lord Woolf MR held that Mr Bottrill was an "employee" for the purpose of access to the statutory compensation fund.

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