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Mark Serby


T. 0114 224 2048 M. 07799 640128

Mark Serby

Director & Head of Employment Law

Department: Employment

Years’ experience in the above area: Over 30 Years

About Mark and his main areas of work: 

Mark's primary area of work is employment law; he is described by The UK Legal 500 2018 as a ‘seasoned practitioner’ who is ‘an excellent tactician'. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, frequently presents to clients and is invited to comment in the media. He advises businesses and employees on all areas of employment law and in particular:-

  • Drafting and enforcing contracts of employment and staff handbooks.
  • All aspects of disciplinary, redundancy and grievance procedures.
  • Preparing and negotiating Settlement Agreements. 
  • Enforcing post termination restrictions and confidentiality provisions.
  • The Equality Act and discrimination.
  • Employment Tribunals.
  • Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (“TUPE”).

In addition Mark advises on all areas of Intellectual Property including:

  • Trade Marks: registration and reforms
  • Passing - off actions
  • Registered and Unregistered Designs
  • Copyright

Signification Cases:

  • RVT Enterprises UK Limited v Royal Vauxhall Tavern London Limited Operation number 409698 involving a successful defence of registered trademarks.
  • Sarclad Ltd v APT Technology [2014] EWHC 2640 involving claims for breach of copyright and appropriation of confidential information following an underlying dispute over commissions and alleged illegal corrupt payments in China.
  • Jockey Club Ex Parte Ram Race Courses Limited v 2All England Reports 225
  • F H Brundle v Richard Perry and Betafence Limited EWHC475(IPEC)

Significant matters undertaken:

  • Negotiating many exit packages and Settlement Agreements
  • Advice over Permanent Health Insurance Schemes and defending a claim for £300,000.00 as loss of earnings for failure to provide such a scheme
  • Injunctions to restrain former employees breaching their post-termination restrictions
  • Transfer of Undertaking Protection of Employment regulations
  • Jockey Club Ex Parte RAM Race Courses Limited v 2All England Reports 225
    An application for judicial review against the jockey club on behalf of a race course owner seeking to provide new racing meetings.
  • F H Brundle v Richard Perry and Betafence Limited EWHC475(IPEC)
    Successful defence of a patent infringement claim
  • Court of Appeal decision on Solicitors’ Negligence
    Successful defence of a claim concerning a Solicitors’ obligation at mediation

Pro Bono

Trustee and Deputy Chair of Derwent Rural Counselling Services (2013 to present)

Governor of Great Hucklow School (2009 to present)


"I consulted Mark Serby for advice regarding redundancy. Mark was very helpful, providing clear and straightforward advice and guidance. This helped me to decide the best way forward and equipped me to negotiate from a well informed position." - Richard Hide

"The meeting did me a lot of good, I can't thank you enough. Thanks again for good advice and being a good listener."

Recent articles by Mark Serby:

The staff Christmas party – could you be fired for your behaviour?
Brexit – implications for employment law in the UK
Mark Serby considers why Made in Sheffield is important for the Sheffield City Region
Disciplinary procedures for employers
Is your company paying the correct amount of holiday pay?
Employers - active steps to prevent workplace sexual harassment

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