Unknown Freshfields claim comes to light

Star banking partner David Ereira filed a discrimination claim against his former firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as he made the rare move across to magic circle rival Linklaters earlier this year.

Ereira filed his claim in March at the Central London Employment Tribunal, advised by Fox Williams employment partner Anne Pritam. Ereira left Freshfields in January, followed by finance partner Brian Gray in June. Fox Williams declined to comment, citing client confidentiality.

Although Ereira’s claim was withdrawn, this was after it had proceeded to a hearing. It is understood that his claim turned on the controversial pension reforms undertaken by Freshfields last year, which also gave rise to a claim from former insolvency partner Peter Bloxham. A judgment is still pending on the Bloxham case.

Freshfields turned to regular employment adviser Lewis Silkin on both claims. The firm declined to comment.

Lewis Silkin is also advising on another discrimination claim brought against Freshfields by Ereira’s former colleague Lois Moore, now a corporate partner at US firm Shearman & Sterling. Moore’s hearing is slated for 14 December, as first reported by The Lawyer (20 August).

During Bloxham’s hearing this summer, it came to light that Ereira and Moore were key members of the so-called Grey Panthers – an unofficial representative body of partners aged 45 and above during the pensions reforms.