Prankster ‘beats Rule of Six’ by setting up firm and hiring family as staff

A prankster claims he has beaten the Rule of Six by setting up a company for just £6 and naming his relatives as staff.

Fenn Settle thinks it will enable him to have a full family Christmas if the current coronavirus lockdown restrictions are not relaxed by the festive season.

He registered his own financial consultancy business, Fenn Settle Lds, to enjoy "unpaid work events" with his family at home.

Under current lockdown rules, people in England cannot meet in groups of more than six people, with some regional restrictions even stricter.

The 27-year-old, from Shipley, West Yorkshire, shared his plans to get one over on the government on Facebook.

Once he receives his documents his company "will remain in place and continue trading for as long as he wishes" so they can keep coming around.

He said: "Right then UK government, jokes on you.

"I'm not allowed to have my family around for Christmas. I am however allowed to have employees around.

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"£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.


Fenn said his search for a Rule of Six loophole was inspired by not being able to see his grandfather Peter Williams for the two months before he died.

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He added: "I wasn't able to see my granddad for the last eight weeks of his life because of Covid rules.

"It's that that's got me thinking of (setting up the business). People are dying on their own and yet you can see work colleagues."

Thousands have shared Fenn's innovative plan for getting around the Covid-19 restrictions.

One said: "You are a f***ing legend."

Another added: "Christmas Eve sorted lad, we're now business partners."

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