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 Law Partner Mark Higgins shares his knowledge in a mock tribunal We ran a successful mock tribunal 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 to do all they can to avoid going through…

Trainee solicitor 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 legislation being…

Mark Higgins, partner and head of employment solicitors Ralli LLP 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…

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…

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