Want to talk to an expert employment law solicitor?

You'll receive a callback from a specialist within an hour

MoJTwo former cricket umpires have brought claims for age discrimination and unfair dismissal to the Employment Tribunal after they were retired by the national cricket board at the age of 65.

Peter Willey and George Sharp, both 65, brought their claims for unfair dismissal and age discrimination after they were compulsorily retired by the England & Wales Cricket Board’s (“ECB”) first-class umpire list as they were due to imminently reach the age of 65.

The pair’s claims came to the Central London Employment Tribunal earlier this year, with Mr Willey and Mr Sharp giving evidence before the tribunal panel. Mr Willey, who officiated 25 Test matches in a playing and umpiring career that spanned 49 years, stated that he should have been judged on his ability to perform in his role, rather than have been retired simply because he had reached a certain age.

The ECB contests the claims made by Mr Willey and Mr Sharp on the basis that it was justified in doing so because of the “mental and physical pressures” of the job, that the pair would have begun to find it difficult to react quickly to the professional game, and that they would have experienced difficulties in standing for long periods of time. However, Mr Kelly, the umpires manager at the ECB, admitted that the organisation had no evidence that umpires could no longer perform to high standards once they had reached pensionable age.

A former colleague of the pair, John Holder, 69, who retired aged 64 in September 2009, told the hearing that he believed that retiring umpires at 65 was “arbitrary” and that “however young or old umpires are, if they are good enough, they should be allowed to carry on”.

Chris Hadrill, an employment solicitor at Redmans, commented on the case: “If employers decide to dismiss an employee because of their age then they should be able to objectively justify the decision by showing that this decision was a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim. However, the Claimant’s must show that there sufficient facts to infer that they have been treated less favourably than younger employees because of their age.”

The Employment Tribunal continues and a judgment is expected later this year.

About

Redmans Employment Team deal with employment matters for both employers and employees, including drafting employment contracts and policies, advising employers and employees on compromise agreements, handling day-to-day HR issues, advising on restructures, and handling Employment Tribunal cases for both employers and employees

Call 020 3397 3603 to speak to one of the members of our employment team or email us on enquiries@redmans.co.uk.

Share →

Our awards

Request a callback

Your name

Your email

Your telephone number

Contact us

Please feel free to discuss your own position and concerns. Contact your nearest office on:

T: 020 3397 3603
E: enquiries@redmans.co.uk
W: www.redmans.co.uk

Testimonials

4.52 Average

21 Reviews

Redman's provided excellent legal employment advice for me during a difficult time in my employment. Chris was my lawyer, super efficient, quick, reliable and clearly very experienced in the matter. Could not ask for a better law firm to deal with your query if you are in need of some help. Would definitely use them again in the future. Highly recommending Chris.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Steven

Chris Hadrill was very professional and responsive. I would highly recommend him

Posted 4 weeks ago

Dinah

Very Efficient, with very quick email reply’s. I had a matter that needed resolving within a very short space of time and Redmans Solicitors were great with dealing with my matter quickly.

Posted 4 weeks ago

Ankar

At Redmans the solicitor that was dealing with me was Chris. He dealt with my situation smoothly with clear guidance and explanation

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Clear, concise advice and guidance delivered by an experienced and very capable solicitor, within the timelines required

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Very efficient service. I never had to wIt for more than a day for a reply to any of my queries and the matter was dealt with swiftly.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Very timely, thorough and helpful advice. Friendly and considerate of the needs of the client

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Very prompt and attention to detail. Thank you for the service

Posted 1 month ago

Chris

Couldn’t be happier with how Redmans successfully handled our seemingly tricky case. By being clear and detailed every step of the way, with the utmost professionalism and courtesy, they made it an informative and eye-opening process, taking the stress out of the situation and ultimately delivered what you would want from such a service. I fully appreciate everything they have done, and if I am ever in need of such services in the future, they will be the first number I contact. Excellent.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Excellent work delivered with great quality

Posted 1 month ago

Dominic

Chris Hadrill was a great help both in terms of his advice and his expertise. He explained my options to me clearly and concisely enabling me to quickly make the right decision for me in the circumstance. I would not hesitate to recommend Chris or Redmans to friends or colleagues, and would certainly make Redmans my first port of call should I require a similar service in the future.

Posted 1 month ago

Kurt

Redmans gave excellent advice and helped me understand everything in clear concepts. Thank you!

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Resolved my issues

Posted 1 month ago

Keith

Quick fast professional service.

Posted 1 month ago

Michael

"Prompt, efficient and practical advice that resulted in me getting some additional money tax free."

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Patient and thorough advice given to me around my Settlement Agreement

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

"Excellent service, getting back to you promptly giving you very good advice."

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

I found Chris Hadrill to be an excellent help, he is very knowledgeable and gives good ,concise ,strategic advice .He makes himself readily accessible when you need him.I would personally highly recommend him.

Posted 2 months ago

Christine

Professional, efficient and reliable service provided. I strongly recommend them and I would use this service again.

Posted 2 months ago