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Stop Press! Judgment in Seldon v Clarkson Wright & JakesBy Fergus Payne
Earlier this week the Supreme Court handed down its judgement in the long-running and high profile case of Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes. The Court dismissed Mr Seldon’s appeal which had challenged the right of his former firm to enforce a compulsory retirement age of 65 in the partnership deed.
Assessing a partner’s true status
Another case on the recurring question of when a partner is a genuine partner or merely an employee has recently been considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). In the case of Williamson & Soden Solicitors v Briars concerning a traditional unlimited partnership, the EAT decided that Mr Briars was an employee although he was given the label of partner, held out as a partner and entitled to a profit share. The EAT’s ruling agreed with the finding at the employment tribunal.
Lewis Silkin among firms to commit to paying Living Wage
The firm joins a raft of almost 100 companies to have been accredited over the last year by the Living Wage Foundation(LWF).