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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.

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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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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Once bitten, twice shy? The case of Luis Suarez and the Bite

Dismissal. Luis Suarez is in trouble once again for an alleged offence involving biting. FIFA have just imposed a 4 month ban from football and suspended him from the next nine international matches, but what about his career with Liverpool? Handily bypassing the question of whether Suarez is an employee of Liverpool, and whether they will …

Once bitten, twice shy? The case of Luis Suarez and the Bite

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