Richard Hignett > Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC
No5 Barristers' Chambers
Fifth Floor, 7 Savoy Court

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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 served as Head of Employment Law at No5 Chambers between 2012 – 2018. 

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, contractual disputes and whistleblowing
Standing counsel to an international logistics company, a broking house, a high street retailer, a brewery chain, a car manufacturer, a constabulary, several NHS Trusts and a local authority
Regularly appears in Employment Tribunals up and down the country
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 equality practises and how to recognise unconscious bias
Licensed to undertake Public Access Work
Richard acts as a barrister mentor for the citizenship foundation
Particular Areas of Expertise
High-value complex claims, Whistleblowing, Interim relief, Disability discrimination, Sexual harassment, TUPE, Professional disciplinary tribunals, Professional misconduct of healthcare staff.
Sector Experience
Retail, Fashion, Banking, Finance, Leisure, Healthcare, Education, Social Care, local government, Police, Fire and Rescue, NHS, Airlines, Financial services.
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.


Called 1995.


Employment Lawyers Association; Employment Law and Bar Association; Industrial Law Society; Employment Law Advice & Assistance Scheme.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Hignett – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Richard is tenacious, has a great eye for detail and will leave no stone unturned. He is a great advocate and has a strong presence in the Tribunal hearing room.’