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Mark Fellows is an employment solicitor in St Albans and London who advises both employers and employees on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Mark has a strong interest in employment litigation. Mark heads the Sherrards Solicitors’ Employment law team. He has many years of experience of advocacy in Employment Tribunals, advocating at full hearings in relation to claims of unfair dismissal, discrimination, deductions from wages, breach of contract, TUPE and claims brought under the Working Time Regulations. Mark leads seminars on employment law, and provides in-house training to clients. Mark is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Adopting the right mentality for Mental Health

After the high-profile support of Prince William and Harry, last month’s Mental Health Awareness week reinforced the need to prioritise mental wellbeing in modern society and in particular in the workplace.  ACAS suggest that 1 in 4 of us suffer from mental health issues and the Mental Health Foundation report that two thirds of us …

Adopting the right mentality for Mental Health

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New Year, New Resolutions, New Laws!

Christmas already seems like a distant memory and the focus is now very much on what is in store for 2018. Us employment lawyers had plenty of reasons to become animated during 2017, with the cancellation of Employment Tribunal fees, the constant debate about whether an individual is an employee, a worker or self-employed and …

New Year, New Resolutions, New Laws!

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Brexit Untangled: the effect on Employment and Labour Laws

On Friday 24 June 2016, the Great British public awoke to the news that the majority had voted to leave the European Union (EU). Although the outcome was a distinct possibility (after all, the odds were akin to playing ‘heads or tails’), it seems that many including the Government, the media and the pollsters did …

Brexit Untangled: the effect on Employment and Labour Laws

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Zero Hours But Not Zero Rights

In recent years, zero hours contracts have come under increasing criticism. Although such contracts are undoubtedly a valuable tool for businesses who experience fluctuating demand or who face an uncertain trading period, a particular concern was the growing use by employers of exclusivity clauses, a clause in the contract seeking to prevent employees and workers …

Zero Hours But Not Zero Rights

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Employment references: Worth the paper they are written on?

How many times have you, as a prospective employer, sought employment references from an individual’s ex-employer and either not received a reply or, more commonly, received a reference which contains no meaningful information about the individual concerned?  Employment lawyer Mark Fellows explains why this trend has emerged and provides tips on approaches prospective and previous employers …

Employment references: Worth the paper they are written on?

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Making restrictive covenants bite

How do you prevent a former employee from competing, soliciting and dealing with your clients, and from poaching your other employees? Restrictive covenants are the answer, but are also notoriously difficult to enforce because they are, as a starting point, considered to be a restraint of trade. Follow the steps below to ensure that your restrictive covenants …

Making restrictive covenants bite

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