Clifford Chance law firm settles former partner’s claim for sexual orientation discrimination

Global law firm Clifford Chance has settled a claim of sexual orientation discrimination filed by one of its former partners, it has been reported.

Michael Bryceland made his claim in November 2006, which involved direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of his sexual orientation.

The claim was withdrawn in April this year and he left Clifford Chance soon after.

The Lawyer magazine reports that the firm has now settled the case for an undisclosed sum. It was thought to be the first ever discrimination claim against a law firm on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Bryceland’s settlement could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, to compensate for loss of and future earnings.

The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 make it unlawful to discriminate against employees or prospective employees because they are gay, lesbian or bisexual.

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