The case against Sports Direct’s chief executive Dave Forsey over USC is “null and void” and should be dismissed, his lawyers argued at Chesterfield Magistrates court today (March 14).
Dave Forsey, chief executive Sports Direct
Forsey is charged with offences under the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act over the company’s handling of Sports Direct-owned USC’s administration.
Staff claimed they were given just 15 minutes notice before the chain went into administration in January last year. The retailer was bought by another Sports Direct-owned multiple Republic three days later.
Forsey’s defence lawyers appeared “confident”, according to Retail Gazette. Forsey’s trial is expected to continue until Wednesday (March 16).
Last week, Sports Direct owner Mike Ashely was warned he may be held in contempt of parliament if he fails to appear in front of MPs to answer questions about the retailer’s working conditions. He has until March 21 to respond to a letter from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee.