This landmark ruling may have a dramatic effect on similar transport operators in what is known as the 'gig economy'. CitySprint, eCourier and taxi company Addison Lee are all defending similar claims going through the courts. But it is important to bear in mind two things. First, Uber have confirmed that they intend to appeal so nothing is yet set in stone. Secondly, every case on status of workers very much turns on their individual facts, which can result in a different verdict. In any event, the Uber ruling may be the first of many ground breaking cases in this area of law.