Freshfields set for December tribunal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s tribunal woes will stretch out until the end of 2007.

The second discrimination claim this year against Freshfields will be heard publicly at the London Central Employment Tribunal on 14 December.

The magic circle firm’s former corporate partner Lois Moore, who is now at Shearman & Sterling, is bringing the suit against her former firm, as first reported by The Lawyer (16 July).

Moore has instructed Herbert Smith on the case. It is widely understood that senior partner and veteran litigator David Gold is advising.

Lewis Silkin is advising Freshfields. A case management discussion will be held on 7 September.

The claim comes as Freshfields awaits judgment on the year’s first claim against it – the first in its 250-year history and the UK’s first high-value claim since age discrimination legislation was introduced in October 2006.

It was brought by former insolvency partner Peter Bloxham. The tribunal is yet to declare when a judgment could be expected, although lawyers on the case predicted it would be early September.

Freshfields’ former co-head of disputes Jo Rickard is currently in arbitration with Freshfields over the restrictive covenant in her pension. Rickard, who is now a litigation partner at Shearman, is also being advised by Gold.

Bloxham, Moore and Rickard all retired from Freshfields’ equity last year to take advantage of the old pension scheme, which was scrapped in favour of a less generous, index-linked scheme.

Freshfields declined to comment on the claim.