Eversheds chief to face sex bias claim

Eversheds North East head of employment Simon Loy is being taken to an industrial

tribunal by a former assistant.

Applicant Richael Maclaverty used to work in the employment practice under Loy in the Newcastle upon Tyne office.

She resigned last year, telling the firm she was moving to Oxfordshire.

But after quitting the regional firm, Maclaverty filed a number of complaints against Loy, including claims of harassment and sexual discrimination.

Loy is well known as an employment lawyer in Newcastle so the case will be heard in Birmingham in April.

Eversheds managing partner David Ansbro says: “I can confirm that a complaint has been made and is set for hearing some time in April. Everything will be strenuously denied.”

He adds that the claims have taken him by surprise. “She left on what we thought were amicable terms. It was only after she left that she made the complaints; none had been made while she was still at the firm,” he says.

Loy is using fellow Eversheds employment partner Audrey Williams to act on his behalf. It is understood that Maclaverty is representing herself.

Loy is a leading exponent in employment law. He joined Eversheds in 1992, becoming a partner in 1995. He acts exclusively in contentious and non-contentious employment law and covers areas including sex and race discrimination.

Eversheds itself is one of the top employment firms in the North East, along with fellow Newcastle stalwarts Dickinson Dees, Short Richardson & Forth and Thompsons.

The Leeds employment group is also highly regarded and works closely with the Newcastle operation.

Maclaverty and Loy were unavailable for comment.