Coronavirus UK: Man sets up company so he can dodge 'rule of six'

Has this man just SOLVED Christmas? Prankster, 27, sets up limited company for £6 and names his family as STAFF so he can dodge ‘rule of six’ nightmare by hosting an ‘unpaid work event’

  • Fenn Settle, 27, bragged about finding a loophole to coronavirus restrictions
  • The account manager set up Fenn Settle Ltd with his house listed as premises 
  • He will have his family over for Christmas after giving them Zero Hour contracts 

A prankster has set up a limited company for £6 and named his family as staff so he can have them over for an ‘unpaid work event’ on Christmas Day.

Fenn Settle, 27, bragged about his loophole online, telling the UK Government: ‘Jokes on you’. 

The account manager, from Leeds, said it cost him £6 to register Fenn Settle Ltd and he will keep it ‘for as long as he wishes’ so his family can visit.

In a social media post he wrote: ‘Right then UK government, jokes on you [sic].

‘I’m not allowed to have my family around for Christmas. I am however allowed to have employees around.

Fenn Settle (pictured), 27, bragged about his loophole online, telling the UK Government: ‘Jokes on you’

The account manager, from Leeds, said it cost him £6 to register Fenn Settle Ltd and he will keep it ‘for as long as he wishes’ so his family can visit

He added: ‘£6 later, Fenn Settle Ltd. is now a legally registered company, registered with Companies House.

‘I can now “hire” my family and friends on a zero-hour contract and invite them for an “unpaid works event” at my house (registered premises) regardless of any tier system and totally irrespective of the rule of six. Checkmate.’

It comes after local officials across West Yorkshire held key talks with senior ministers to discuss the ‘next steps’ in tackling Covid-19.

Kirklees, Leeds, Calderdale, Bradford and Wakefield are already under Tier Two, which means people are banned from meeting up with friends and family indoors.

It comes after local officials across West Yorkshire held key talks with senior ministers to discuss the ‘next steps’ in tackling Covid-19. Pictured, Mr Settle

He said although he registered the company to prove a point and wouldn’t be ‘sending out P45s and starter checklists’, he hoped it would highlight ‘how jokes their rules are’

But a Tier Three status would see all pubs and bars have to close unless they serve ‘substantial’ meals. 

After revealing his stunt online, Mr Settle’s post received more than 8,500 shares

Residents would also be banned from mixing with anyone they don’t live with indoors or in private gardens and beer gardens. 

It could mean families are kept apart on Christmas Day. 

After revealing his stunt online, Mr Settle’s post received more than 8,500 shares and 1,800 reactions.

He said although he registered the company to prove a point and wouldn’t be ‘sending out P45s and starter checklists’, he hoped it would highlight ‘how jokes their rules are’.

Other social media users applauded Fenn’s ‘genius’ discovery – while some suggested they may follow suit, tagging their friends.

He updated his Facebook bio following the registration of Fenn Settle Ltd, naming himself CEO

Other social media users applauded Fenn’s ‘genius’ discovery – while some suggested they may follow suit, tagging their friends

Cloud Lane said: ‘You are, are a f***ing legend.’

Frankie Schofield said: ‘Christmas is saved.’

Drew Horton said: ‘Christmas Eve sorted lad, we’re now business partners.’

Jessica Dixon said: ‘Business venture girls?’

Chris Macey said: ‘That’s your mum employed as chef and your dad employed as chief washer upper.’

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