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Employment partner Mark Higgins contributes to the reporting of a retailer’s rules to make staff learn English. A decision taken by a Derbyshire-based firm to enforce English as the only spoken language at its Burton site has attracted the attention of employment law watchers and specialists. The retail outfit Hobbycraft’s decision to ask foreign workers…

Employment partner Mark Higgins shares his knowledge in another article for HR Aspects Magazine, this time about our mock tribunals. We ran a successful mock-up towards the end of 2013 to highlight the inner workings of that dreaded process: the employment tribunal hearing. With a backlog of cases pressurising a creaking system, employers are counselled…

Trainee solicitor Ciara Jenkins highlights the continuing claims of bullying in businesses and refers to a couple of recently reported articles. It is a sad but true fact that, unfortunately, employees continue to be bullied and harassed in the workplace despite many employers adopting anti-bullying, harassment and discrimination policies at work as well as employment…

Mark Higgins, partner and head of employment speaks on Nigel Adkins’ sacking from Southampton Football Club. It is very rare for leading football club managers or players to choose an employment tribunal as the place to resolve disputes. This might seem surprising in view of the apparently arbitrary manner in which club owners hire and…

Not too long ago, banker was a dirty word. Now it is a benefit scrounger. Whilst many relish the opportunity to praise Thatcherist ideologies, others join unions in increasing numbers or take industrial action. There is no doubt it is a tough time for employers, no matter what their size. The endless stream of large…

Ralli has joined forces with a leading Barristers’ Chambers and on 1 May 2013 will present a mock employment tribunal before a live audience and will be presided over by a real employment Judge. If you want to be part of the audience, and get your breakfast on us, please contact Gill Nuttall. Places are…

In the light of the Wayne Rooney saga this week, once again the “Agent” culture is going to be called into question, however in the light of this there are a number of “spin off” questions, do footballers really need agents? Could a good lawyer and a good accountant not do the same job and…