Monday 22 January 2018

Sugar wants legal costs from Apprentice

Alan Sugar and Stella English on the show
Alan Sugar and Stella English on the show

Ella Pickover

Businessman Alan Sugar has turned the tables on former 'Apprentice' winner Stella English by launching a counter claim against her.

The tycoon has initiated proceedings to try to recoup some of the legal fees he paid out when she brought a constructive dismissal case against him.

The mother of two claimed that she was forced to resign from the £100,000 (€119,000) a year job that was her prize for winning series six of the BBC1 show in 2010 because "it was not a role of substance".

But her case was dismissed by the tribunal panel, which ruled the claim "should never have been brought".

Ms English told the hearing that she only has around £200 (€236) in her bank account.

She said that despite owning three properties she has been forced to apply for housing benefit and is also considering applying for jobseeker's allowance.

Ms English, who has been unemployed since July, said that she brought the case in "good faith" thinking it was legally sound.

Irish Independent

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