Former Apprentice winner loses claim against Lord Sugar


Stella English, the winner of the 2010 series of TV’s ‘The Apprentice’ has recently failed to win her claim for constructive dismissal against Lord Sugar. Stella Engliah’s claim was that she effectively was not able to take on a proper role at Lord Sugar’s company dispute being on a £100,000 salary.

Judge John Warren said “The tribunal believes that the claimant had in her mind that having won The Apprentice the role would be much more glamorous and that she would be working alongside Lord Sugar as his assistant,”*.

It is believed that Stella English told the tribunal that upon starting the job she was provided simply with a desk and telephone but was not provided with any defined duties for several months. It is also believed that Stella English told the tribunal that her boss at the company, Bordan Tkachuk, told her upon her first day at the company that there in fact was no job.

Ms English later took a new position for Lord Sugar’s YouView company, which is a provider of internet set-top boxes.

The Judge further commented “The Viglen role was specifically selected for the claimant to expand and build on her already acknowledged experience and ability… The respondent (Lord Sugar) had gone out of (his) way to ensure the claimant was placed in a role at YouView from which she could learn new skills, a job which she agreed to and which she enjoyed doing”*.

Following the announcement that Ms English had failed in her attempt to bring the claim against Lord Sugar, he commented “There was never a case for us to answer but her need for money and fame meant that the whole system was subjected to this charade… I have been cleared of a derisory attempt to smear my name and extract money from me… The allegations were without substance, and I believe this case was brought with one intention in mind – the presumption that I would not attend the tribunal, that I would not testify and that I would settle out of court, sending Ms English on her way with a tidy settlement… I’m afraid she underestimated me and her reputation is now in tatters”*.