Bovis Lend Lease faces discrimination action

Construction giant Bovis Lend Lease is facing an age discrimination and unfair dismissal claim from a former in-house lawyer.

Lawyer Anthony Philpott, who worked for the company for 11 years, alleges he was unfairly dismissed in June last year because of age discrimination and victimisation claims he had launched a year earlier.

The redundancy process used by the company, the claim states, was “manifestly unfair, flawed and predetermined”. Philpott claims “he was starved of work at the ultimate direction of ­Alistair Cutts as head of the legal department”.

It further states that “the fact of him being starved of work was a continuing state of affairs, further compounded by the continuing decision to steer and direct the mainstream areas of legal work that the claimant had previously conducted to younger members of the legal department”.

The company has instructed DLA Piper associate Jonathan Cracknell to defend the claim, which is listed for a 20-day hearing at Watford Employment Tribunal later this month.

Philpott and Bovis Lend Lease declined to comment.