Ms Phillips, the Labour MP for Yardley, added: “It seems to be that in America – whilst not perfect – in civil society as well as in the law they are progressing in a way that the UK law should be. It does feel slightly more democratic and as if their legal system is for the people.”I would like to see Britain look at what others are doing, but also I think that there needs to be a serious review of when our laws are not used within the spirit they were intended. Nobody intended for privacy laws to do this.”She added: “I think that the injunction staying place is ridiculous and it is more of a power play by him so he can still hold all the cards. I am sure that the judges and lawyers are as annoyed by this abuse of the system as the rest of us. It is making a mockery of our legal system.”Critics say that the situation shows that the law is “not fit for purpose” and should be looked at again by Parliament.Peter Kyle MP said: “My first thought is that these women who are coming forward are extraordinarily brave in doing so and we as a society owe them a huge apology, because we now know that there are extraordinarily wealthy men who are allegedly acting criminally but avoiding the law simply because of their wealth, because they have access to courts and lawyers in a way the no one else does. Auna Irvine was hired to open the Las Vegas store Credit:Rupert Thorpe Actress Kristen Bell, Sir Philip Green and model Lydia Hearst attend the grand opening of TopShop TopMan store in Las VegasCredit:FilmMagic “That is why this is a Parliamentary issue, and an issue that Parliament needs to resolve.“I went into politics to stand up to bullies not to roll over to them and if Parliament isn’t on the side of these alleged victims of people like Philip Green then what is the point?”“There is a black hole in our legal system. The judges are doing their job but it is clear that the law is not fit for purpose and it is making some people, mostly women, particularly vulnerable to certain types of predator.”Mr Kyle, the Labour MP for Hove, said that he would like see to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, on which he sits, hold a joint inquiry with the Women and Equalities Committee and the Justice Committee.The committees should look at the “wider use of NDAs” and whether the current laws need reforming, Mr Kyle said. The MP has raised the prospect of a joint inquiry and it is being “actively considered”. “If Parliament doesn’t act against this type of abuse of power then we have to wonder whether Parliament is fit for purpose for anything,” Mr Kyle added. Sir Philip Green has said he “categorically and wholly denies” allegations of “unlawful sexual or racist behaviour”. As three other American employees came forward to make allegations of sexual harassment against Sir Philip, experts said that the injunction would never have been granted in the US, where greater importance is placed on freedom of speech.Geoffrey Robertson QC, a leading human rights lawyer, said: “This shows how America and American law places a much higher value on freedom of speech than British law as declared by the Court of Appeal in the Telegraph case, which upheld the gag on employees speaking out about alleged misconduct.“Freedom of speech in England can be very expensive and it can be overridden by contracts that are not in the public interest because they prevent the exposure of wrong-doing. The protection for employers who are wrongly accused is defamation which gives them the right to sue their accuser who then has to prove the truth of the accusations.”Concerns were also raised that Britain is lagging behind the US in cracking down on the abuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). Miss Irvine did not sign an NDA and experts say that lawyers in the US are much more hesitant in using them as a tool to silence alleged victims. Some areas, including California and parts of New York, are abolishing NDAs for use in sexual harassment cases. Silencing Sir Philip Green’s alleged British victims while his former employees in America speak out on is “making a mockery” of the UK’s legal system, experts and MPs have said.The Topshop billionaire was yesterday accused of waging an almost year-long campaign of sexual harassment and bullying against a manager in his Las Vegas store.But whilst Auna Irvine, 33, was able to detail how he would regularly smack her bottom, grab her by the waist, make comments about her weight and breasts and tell her she was “naughty”, gagging orders remain in place to prevent British members of staff speaking out.Sir Philip also has an injunction against the Daily Telegraph preventing this newspaper printing allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination that happened in the UK. The businessman has spoken publicly about the claims, dismissing them as “banter”. Jess Phillips MP, who sits on the Women and Equalities Committee, said: “It makes a massive mockery of our legal system that women in the UK are being silenced with collusion from the British legal system, because in this instance it appears as collusion and it appears as if our laws are for one group of people and not the other.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.