Retirement age appeal gets tribunal hearing

Thames Valley firm BP Collins has brought a case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that could have ;implications ;for lawyers wanting to work beyond ;the ;statutory ­retirement age.

Leslie Seldon, a former partner at South East firm Clarkson Wright & Jakes, is challenging the firm over its policy of enforcing a retirement age of 65. The appeal was heard by Mr Justice Elias, president of EAT, last week (14 July).

The original claim, heard in January, was rejected on the grounds that Clarkson Wright & Jakes had been justified in forcing Seldon’s retirement because it would create better career opportunities for other employees at the firm.

However, BP Collins partner Jo Davis, representing Seldon, warned that, if unsuccessful at appeal, UK discrimination laws could be at odds with European laws because of a separate case being brought in the European Courts of Justice.
Davis instructed Richard O’Dair of 36 Bedford Row to act on behalf of Seldon.

Clarkson Wright & Jakes instructed Thomas Croxford of Blackstone Chambers.