Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won the high-profile age discrimination case brought against it by former partner Peter Bloxham. Mr Bloxham claimed Freshfields discriminated against him on the basis of age when it introduced a new, less generous, pension scheme. The Tribunal held that Mr Bloxham had been treated differently on the grounds of age when the new pension provisions were introduced. However, holding that Freshfields had pursued a legitimate aim in seeking to achieve greater inter-generational fairness among partners and had done so proportionately, the Tribunal ruled that there was no discrimination. The case is the first big test of the age discrimination laws introduced in the UK last year and provides useful guidance as to when justification as a defence is established.