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The Apprentice Episode Twelve – Lawyer’s summary

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Each episode of The Apprentice will be scrutinised by Chloe Harrold, an associate with leading UK employment law firm Doyle Clayton and she will pull out the HR blunders for your entertainment and education. Based in Canary Wharf, just a few floors below where Lord Sugar grills the candidates to be his next apprentice, Chloe has experience of advising senior executives as well as employers in all areas of employment law. She deals with contentious and non-contentious matters, including exit strategy, compromise agreements, discrimination, reorganisation and TUPE.

Chloe is also a qualified New York lawyer who qualified as a UK solicitor in 2009 whilst specialising in employment law at a City firm. She joined Doyle Clayton in 2012.

The Apprentice – Series 11, Episode 12

21 December – The Final

Congratulations Joseph! Lord Sugar chose to fix broken boilers, rather than broken hearts. The bookies favourite candidate since before the series even started won the £250,000 investment. Well done Joseph, an impressive achievement, especially for someone who was expelled from school.

Lord Sugar told Joseph and Vana at the start of the show to research the market, create a digital billboard and present their business idea. Vana needed to show that her dating app would make money, not just eat up Lord Sugar’s. Joseph needed to demonstrate how he could expand his small plumbing outfit into a large, ultimately multi-million pound business.

Vana got off to a good start, choosing those for her team who she knew would be helpful, even if she didn’t like them (Richard Woods). She was all business and made it very clear how the show would be run: “I don’t really want too much fun”.

Joseph’s original business plan included, as a key feature, renewable technology but a British Gas executive told the team that renewable technology would not be taking off within the next five years. Joseph went on to leave a meeting with the heads of big energy businesses with several of their business cards, and a new USP – Smart technology.

Vana presented very well, she was professional, articulate and impressive. What harmed her chances was the potential heavy investment needed before seeing a return. Vana’s team discovered through their research that apps take a long time to deliver a return on investment, 10 – 15 dating apps go out of business in the UK each week, and it’s difficult to get people to pay for it.

Ultimately Joseph had the most reliable, least risky business plan – there will always be a need for plumbers.

Now that Lord Sugar has his Apprentice, what should he think about from an HR point of view? I very much doubt Lord Sugar will give a second thought to HR procedures; he’ll have a whole team dealing with that. They’ll (hopefully) be putting together a comprehensive employment contract, obtaining references, checking his right to work (don’t make assumptions employers – always check every worker’s passport) and putting together an induction plan.

Good luck Joseph, and all of the candidates. You’ve entertained us for the last couple of months and taught us a lot (mainly how not to do things). See you next year Lord Sugar and co, I can’t wait!

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