LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – The Times reports that one of the London legal world’s most eagerly awaited spectacles for years is to start at an employment tribunal today when a senior City lawyer accuses his former partners of age discrimination.
Peter Bloxham, the 54-year-old former head of restructuring for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, will take the stand at the London Central Employment Tribunal to give evidence against former colleagues in the elite City of London law firm.
Mr Bloxham, who now works for Prudential, the insurer, was one of the first people to file a claim of age discrimination after the introduction of new legislation last October.
More than 1,500 claims have been made since, but Mr Bloxham’s is the first issued by a senior lawyer against his former partners. Ronnie Fox, founder of the law firm Fox and an expert on partnership issues, said that the case was “extremely unusual” because “most professional services firms go to great lengths to settle disputes privately”.