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Establishing your status as self-employed
  1. Derek Thorpe

    Derek Thorpe is the BVA's head of finance. After graduating from the London School of Economics, he spent a short time working at ICI before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. He joined the BVA in the summer of 1994.


A SELF-EMPLOYED person provides a contract for services in contrast to an employed person who provides a contract of services (which would be under the control and direction of an employer). This distinction is one which is often confused but it is essential that it is understood because classifying somebody incorrectly could prove very costly for an employer.

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