Viewing: Employment for Richard Hignett

Richard practises exclusively in the field of employment and discrimination law. He is instructed by a wide range of clients in both the public and private sectors. Richard is listed in the Who’s Who of Employment Law Practitioners: The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.
Practice and Experience
20 years plus experience of advising and acting for clients on employment law matters
Undertakes all aspects of employment law with an emphasis on discrimination
Standing counsel to an international logistics company, a broking house, a retail chain, a brewery chain, a car manufacturer, a constabulary, an NHS Trust and several local authorities
Regularly appears in Employment Tribunals up and down the country
High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal experience
Presents to solicitors and heads of HR on a wide range of employment law related issues
Trains Managers in equal opportunities practices and giving evidence
Licensed to undertake Public Access Work
Particular areas of expertise
High value complex claims
Whistleblowing claims
Disability claims
Sex discrimination
EAT Appeals
Professional disciplinary Tribunals
Particular sector experience
Retail, Fashion, Banking, Finance, Leisure, Healthcare, Education, Social Care, local government, Police, Fire and Rescue and NHS.
Richard is an experienced investigator. He has undertaken investigations in the education sector, social services and legal sectors. Recent investigations include a complex sexual harassment complaint and infighting amongst staff in a stately home.
Richard acts as a barrister mentor for the citizenship foundation.
Client Recommendations
“Richard is organised, prepared and focused on the key issues. He is quick to grasp complex manufacturing issues. His natural style is calm and logical which is well accepted by Employment Judges. He makes strong closing submissions which the tribunal in our experience have found very compelling. From a customer perspective one key measure of the working relationship must be based on success and in our experience Richard has been faultless.” Liam Holmes - Senior Manager, Personnel and Employee Relations - Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd
“In a highly complicated and confused case involving unfamiliar jargon, regulations and spanning three different countries, Richard most ably focussed on the essentials which won the day. He is very quick to absorb new information, adaptable, decisive in applying his advocacy talents, and calm under pressure. Importantly he has an intuitive sensitivity to client needs, a quiet diplomacy with difficult people, and an outstanding sense of humour - essential at times of stress.” Paul Branscombe CBE - Managing Director, SSAFA Family Health Services - SSAFA Forces Help
“Richard not only understood the case but understood the context and associated issues surrounding it. His cross-examination of the Claimant was particularly good. I also liked and appreciated the way that he challenged the Chair and the panel, not in an aggressive or theatrical way, but in a way that clearly allowed the panel to get and take the point on board. Richard was also prepared to work with some witnesses who were feeling rather ‘wobbly’ - this was an added extra in terms of his support for the Constabulary and appreciated.” Superintendent Mark Hodgson, Head of Professional Standards Department, Cambridgeshire Police
“Richard Hignett represented our organisation on a complex employment tribunal case, which was successfully defended. Thanks to Richard, our witnesses, from all levels of the organisation felt more relaxed and at ease with the tribunal process. We were particularly impressed at the level of preparation and understanding he had for both the case and the organisation as a whole. We will definitely work with Richard and No.5 Chambers again” Tony Middleton, HR Director, Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
“Richard provided my organisation with high quality advice regarding a complex matter in relation to the national minimum wage and on call coverage. On the day of the hearing Richard brought a considerable level of relevant experience which I believe swung the case in our favour and his argument was powerful and extremely pertinent to the matters raised by the tribunal.” Keith Nurcombe, Chief Executive, Advantage Healthcare Group
“Richard displayed great skill at imposing structure on the chaotic case presented by the claimant, enabling the defence team to focus on the key issues. He interacted effectively with the client and has an approachable style. The hearing was handled by Richard in a firm but not antagonistic manner, well suited to the personalities involved, and he was quick to modify his cross-examination where necessary best to blunt the line of attack adopted by the claimant.” Justin Tyler, Company Secretary, James Fisher Tankships
What the directories say
“He is very reassuring with clients and has the ability to digest vast amounts of information quickly.” “He is good with clients and knows the law.” - Chambers UK 2019
“A devastatingly sharp blade in a velvet holster.” - Legal 500 2019
“He adjusts his style as needed for different cases, and knows when to tread softly or be more robust. He's very personable with clients and takes a logical, practical approach in tribunal.” “He likes to bring order to very complex cases, which is ideal in very complicated and chaotic matters. He is extremely focused on the matter in hand and provides excellent and practical advice.” - Chambers UK 2018
“He comes across as a very knowledgeable advocate and has a very good approach to witnesses on both sides.” “He is softly spoken and polite in the employment tribunals, and is thoughtful and thorough in his advocacy too.” - Chambers UK 2017
Chambers UK 2019
“A devastatingly sharp blade in a velvet holster.”
Legal 500 2019
“He adjusts his style as needed for different cases, and knows when to tread softly or be more robust. He's very personable with clients and takes a logical, practical approach in tribunal.” “He likes to bring order to very complex cases, which is ideal in very complicated and chaotic matters. He is extremely focused on the matter in hand and provides excellent and practical advice.”
Chambers UK 2018
“He comes across as a very knowledgeable advocate and has a very good approach to witnesses on both sides.” “He is softly spoken and polite in the employment tribunals, and is thoughtful and thorough in his advocacy too.”
Chambers UK 2017
Notable Cases
Employment Contracts and scope of PILON clauses: T and K Limited v Skilton [2000] IRLR 595 CA
Sexual harassment: Loosley v Moulton and Norfolk Probation Board [2004] EAT/0468/04
Dispute resolution, what constitutes a grievance: Shergold v Fieldway Medical Centre [2006] IRLR 76
Statutory dismissal procedure: Dixon v Homeserve Emergency Services Limited [2007] EAT/0127/07
Judicial discretion: Degama v HSBC [2008] EAT 0532/08
Constructive dismissal: Muschett v Parkwood [2008] EAT0361/08
Uplifts on compensation: Onley v Tim Arrow and Sons [2008] EAT/0527/08/RN
Statutory construction: Allen and Others v Murdoch [2009] EAT0361/09
Contractual construction and incorporated terms: South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue v Beever and Others [2009] EAT/0533/09/DM
Pregnancy discrimination and risk assessments for pregnant women: O’Neill v Buckinghamshire County Council [2010] IRLR 384
TUPE and collective rights: Alemo Herron and Others v Parkwood Leisure Limited [2011] UKSC 26 [2013] ICR 1116
Amendments to Notices of Appeal and mandatory requirement on Tribunal to explain remedy options: D King v Royal Bank of Canada Europe Limited UKEAT /0333/10/DM
Interplay between unfair and wrongful dismissal: Griffin v Governing Body of Beechview School v BCC UKEAT/ 0162/ZT
Whether a claim against a third party for knowingly aiding having any reasonable prospect of success: Finlay v Cyron and Ors UKEAT/0121/11/RN
Substitution and misapplication of the range of reasonable responses test, Norland Managed Services v Hastick UK EAT 0005/12/LA
Perversity and substitution - X County Council and The Governing Body of Y School v Miss D and Ms C UKEAT/0155/12/RN
Memberships
Employment Lawyers Association
Employment Law and Bar Association
Industrial Law Society
Employment Law Advice and Assistance Scheme

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Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2012