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You may recall from a previous blog that Stella English brought Employment Tribunal proceedings against her employer following employment gained with one of Lord Sugar’s companies after she won the BBC show ‘The Apprentice’. Ms English’s claim was one of constructive unfair dismissal as she claimed there was no real role for her with Lord Sugar and the prize was effectively a sham.
The Tribunal has now heard all of the evidence and the panel of decision makers have concluded the claim ought not to succeed and it has been dismissed. Upon hearing the decision Lord Sugar said it was a “victory for the law against the claim culture”.
Whilst I have not read the considered decision I cannot agree with Lord Sugar’s view the proceedings were brought out of a claims culture. If the claim had no merit Lord Sugar’s lawyers could have applied to the court at an earlier stage to strike out the claim as having no merit or make an Order that Ms English place monies on account of costs if she wished to pursue it. As far as I am aware neither occurred and it seems to me there must have been an arguable claim for it to have proceeded all the way to Tribunal final hearing. I do accept I have not read the decision and I may need to refresh the point.
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