On 14 February 2011, the Employers’ Forum on Age reported that the Supreme Court has granted leave to appeal to Leslie Seldon. Mr Seldon claims he was the subject of unlawful age discrimination when, as a partner, he was forced to retire from his law firm in December 2006 because he had reached the age of 65.

Following the forthcoming repeal of the default retirement age, the legality of any compulsory retirement will be assessed by reference to the same objective justification test as is in dispute in this case. The question is whether the retirement is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.

Agediscrimination.info contains summaries of the Court of Appeal decision in this case, the EAT decision and the original ET decision