Chesterfield magistrates’ court was the venue for the initial stage of the criminal proceedings against Mike Ashley’s right hand man, Dave Forsey.

The Chief Executive of Sports Direct is charged in connection with the collapse of the group’s fashion retailer USC – staff at the Dundonald warehouse, in Scotland, were claimed to have been given only 15 minutes notice that they were losing their jobs.

David Forsey didn’t appear in court in person but pleaded not guilty via his legal team to the charge of failing to comply with trade union regulations, between January 4th and 14th, by failing to notify the Secretary of State at least 30 days before a dismissal of staff took place.

The case was adjourned until March 14 when it is scheduled for a three day trial.

Also pleading not guilty today through his legal team was Forsey’s co-accused, administrator Robert Palmer, of West Coast Capital Limited.

Palmer pleading not guilty to the same charge but in relation to different dates –  between January 12 and February 5.