The Supreme Court has granted permission for a further appeal in Seldon v Clarkson, Wright & Jakes . Last year, the Court of Appeal did not uphold Mr Seldon’s claim that compulsory retirement at 65 constituted age discrimination. Mr Seldon was a partner in the law firm of Clarkson, Wright & Jakes and the Court of Appeal considered that, in the context of the case, forcing a partner to retire at 65 was a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate business aim and could be objectively justified. As Mr Seldon was a self-employed partner the rules regarding the default retirement age and the statutory retirement procedure did not apply to him which is why he was able to raise this claim.
This judgement will be especially relevant as a result of the abolition of the default retirement age.