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Andrew Short QC, Lydia Seymour and Naomi Ling successful in public sector pensions age discrimination claim


The Supreme Court today refused permission to the government to appeal in the cases of McCloud and Sergeant relating to age discrimination in the judges and firefighters’ sector pension schemes.

The Court of Appeal held in December 2018 that the age protection given to those within 10 years of retirement when public sector pensions were changed from a final salary to a career average basis, was discriminatory on the grounds of age and that the government had acted irrationally in offering it.

This decision will have a major impact on the provision of pensions in the public sector.

Andrew Short QC’s specialist practice centres on pensions, employment, and general commercial work. He has acted in many of the leading cases relating to discrimination in pay and pensions, including Abdulla v Birmingham City Council, Brierley v Asda, McCloud v Lord Chancellor, and Sargeant v LFEPA.

Lydia Seymour has a specialist pensions and employment law practice which includes all aspects of ‘black letter’ pensions law, including: de-risking, rectification, withdrawal arrangements in multi-employer schemes and trustee duties. Her clients include the Pensions Regulator, employers, trustees, trade unions and individuals.

Naomi Ling is a specialist in employment law and pensions law. She is recognised for her expertise and experience in both fields, particularly in areas where there is overlap between the two disciplines. Naomi acts for employers, trustees and employees across a whole range of employment and pensions law issues.

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Barristers: Andrew Short QC | Naomi Ling | Lydia Seymour
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