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Updated: Lord Alan Sugar loses legal fee fight to 'Apprentice' winner Stella English

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Lord Sugar has failed in his battle for legal fees against former Apprentice winner Stella English, after she lost her constructive dismissal case against him.

The businessman claimed she deliberately lied about her job at his company being a "sham" in a bid to ruin his reputation. He sought £50,000 compensation for legal costs and damages as a result of the case.

The Apprentice Winners: Stella English

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English, who won series six of The Apprentice in 2010, told a tribunal in April how she was forced out of the firm and shunned by colleagues, but her allegations were unanimously dismissed.

Lord Sugar's legal team had argued to Stratford Employment Tribunal that he believed English knew the claims were untrue but went ahead with her case to remain in the public eye.

However, following the ruling in English's favour, her lawyer Henry Hendron said: "My client is over the moon the employment tribunal have found in her favour and have dismissed the respondent's application for substantive costs against her.

"They have gone further to state that she did not bring the claim against Lord Sugar's company motivated by malice or by bad intentions but she genuinely believed that she had a good case as advised by her then lawyers.

"Ms English is now keen to put this saga behind her."

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