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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.

Supreme Court rules Employment Tribunal fees unlawful

The Supreme Court yesterday has allowed an appeal by Unison, holding that the current Employment Tribunal fees regime is unlawful, contrary to EU law and indirectly discriminatory. It found that the current fees regime had the effect of preventing the access to justice. In addition, it found that it was indirectly discriminatory towards women as …

Supreme Court rules Employment Tribunal fees unlawful

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Putting the ‘self’ into ‘self-employment’

The “Gig Economy”, and the employment status of those working within it, has certainly been under the spotlight this year. This has now been brought under a whole new focus as a result of the recent publication of the Taylor Review into modern working practices. Whilst the proposals in the recent Taylor Review are only …

Putting the ‘self’ into ‘self-employment’

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Dressing to impress – can employers take it too far?

What should I wear to work today? Not a controversial question for some. However, for others that decision is taken out of their hands – or at least restricted – as a result of dress codes stipulated by their employer. The issue of dress codes in the workplace is certainly a topic that creates a …

Dressing to impress – can employers take it too far?

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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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