Decision: In EAD Solicitors LLP & Others v Abrams UK EAT/0054/15 it was held that not only individuals could claim protection under the Act. The Act prevents discrimination by one person against another person. However, a person is defined (in the Interpretation Act 1978) as including a limited company unless the contrary intention is shown in statute. In relation to the claim in question no contrary intention has been shown in this part of the Equality Act (cf s27 of the Equality Act which refers to the victim being an individual). The situation is further supported in relation to LLPs as the Act contains a provision that an LLP must not discriminate against a member (s45 of the Act) and a member of an LLP is often a corporate member.

Impact: This could have a considerable impact on discrimination law across the spectrum, not just in relation to the employment relationship.