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Robinson v Al-Qasimi [2021] EWCA Civ 862

Contract enforceable despite a period of illegality

This case concerns the doctrine of illegality of contract.

Ms Robinson was employed to work for His Highness Sheikh Khalid Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi (Sheikh Khalid) to manage his affairs in the UK.

Her letter of appointment stated that she would be paid £34,000 per annum and that she would be responsible for her own tax and national insurance on the payment. 

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