David Phillips And William Phillips v Daniel Innes: HL 10 Feb 1837

An apprentice to a barber in Scotland, bound by his indentures ‘not to absent himself from his master’s business on holiday or week-day, late hours or early, without leave,’ went away on Sundays without leave, and without shaving his master’s customers.
Held by the Lords (reversing interlocutors of the Court of Session), that the apprentice could not be lawfully required to attend his master’s shop on Sundays for the purpose of shaving the customers, and that that work and all other sorts of handicraft were illegal, in England as well as in Scotland, not being works of necessity, or mercy, or charity
[1837] EngR 496, (1837) 4 Cl and Fin 234, (1837) 7 ER 90

Updated: 22 October 2021; Ref: scu.313613