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An ISM member's fight for fair pay

The Brazel case, holiday pay and what it means for music teachers

NEW: On Wednesday 20 July, the UK Supreme Court struck down the appeal in the case, finding in favour of ISM member Lesley Brazel, and backing our interpretation of holiday pay law.

ISM member and music teacher Lesley Brazel first contacted the ISM legal team in 2013 querying how her holiday pay was being calculated as a part-time worker. In November 2021, the case reached the UK Supreme Court. Below, we look at the detail of the case and what it could mean for music teachers and other term-time workers.

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In our latest blog, ISM Legal Director Stuart Darke looks at the Supreme Court's judgement handed down on 20 July 2022, and what it might mean for VMTs and other term-time workers

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The case was heard by the UK Supreme Court in November 2021. The result could affect thousands of music teachers and other term time workers. In this podcast, our legal team discuss why the case could be so significant.

‘In the end, holiday pay is money, it’s real wages’

Nerys Owen, ISM Senior legal advisor, ISM Podcast

Between September 2020 and August 2021 the ISM Legal team dealt with 1,596 cases and recovered £167,189 for members. They work across simple queries and complex cases that affect music professionals' careers, from contracts to copyright, to helping members through the redundancy process, and much more.

News about the Brazel case

What are your rights as a music teacher?

At our online conference 'What's next for music education?' ISM legal experts examined the concerning casualisation of the music workforce, and outlined ways in which music teachers can protect themselves. Covering employment status, contracts, fees and redundancy and more.