AS a British court weighs up a case involving a sacked 65-year-old lawyer, the Government is bringing a comprehensive review of the retirement age a year forward.
The Government had previously pledged to review the law in 2011, but has instead decided to do it next year, because of “changing demographic and economic circumstances”, reports the Daily Express.
The announcement has led to the adjournment of solicitor Leslie Seldon’s case in the Court of Appeal.
Seldon, now 68, claims he was discriminated against on grounds of age when his firm, Clarkson Wright Jakes, asked him to leave at the normal retirement age of 65.
Despite losing at an employment tribunal and on appeal, the senior civil litigation partner for 35 years said he was determined not to give up.
He said: “This is a pathfinder case and it’s a strange coincidence the review of the retirement age is announced as it starts. I think it’s very important that someone establishes the principle. Pensions are going down while life expectancy is increasing.”