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Lord Alan Sugar loses legal costs claim against Thamesmead-born Apprentice winner

PUBLISHED: 10:28 26 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:29 26 September 2013

Lord Sugar with Stella English in happier times when she won The Apprentice in 2010

Lord Sugar with Stella English in happier times when she won The Apprentice in 2010

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Lord Alan Sugar has lost his appeal to get Thamesmead-born former Apprentice winner Stella English to recover £35,000 in legal fees after she lost her case for constructive dismissal earlier this year.

Miss English had claimed she was an “overpaid lackey” at Lord Sugar’s Viglen company but he turned the tables, saying his apprentice deliberately tried to damage his reputation at April’s employment tribunal.

The self-made millionaire claimed Miss English took the case because she was “bored of a real job” but the judge ruled that she pursued her claim like any other litigant.

The 34-year-old was given a £100,000 a year job after winning the BBC reality show in 2010.

She launched a claim against Lord Sugar after she felt she was being pressured into moving to another of his company’s, YouView, but during an unscheduled meeting she was told her contract would not be renewed and she resigned.

The employment tribunal ruled that the case should never have been brought.

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