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Mark Fellows

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.

 

Brexit Untangled: the effect on Employment and Labour Laws

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 …

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Zero Hours But Not Zero Rights

Zero Hours But Not Zero Rights

In recent years, zero hour 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 …

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Employment references: Worth the paper they are written on?

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 …

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Making restrictive covenants bite

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 …

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Happy holidays?

Happy holidays?

We employment lawyers have been getting very animated recently (more than usual) as a result of a number of legal cases (both here and in Europe) regarding the calculation of holiday pay for workers. The EAT decision Bear Scotland v Fulton handed down on 4th November has firmly put the …

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

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

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 …

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The Queen has spoken

The Queen has spoken

Just when it seems that employers are getting to grips with the new employment legislation introduced earlier this year, the Queen’s Speech has highlighted the Government’s proposals for a number of new employment related measures contained with the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. We set out below some of …

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World Cup Fever – How can employers prepare?

Has it really been four years since the last World Cup? Sherrards Solicitors’ Employment Law Team in London and St Albans is bracing itself for an influx of queries about employment issues arising from the forthcoming tournament. To help employers prepare, see below some key pointers: Encourage staff to take pre-booked holiday …

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