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Unmarried Woman Wins Pension Battle

Andrea Boulter, Head of Family Law

– This recent case in the news highlights the importance of putting things in place if you are a cohabiting couple, even if you have been living together for years. It is important to recognise that, as the Law currently stands; there are certain circumstances where the fact that you are not married can work against you. We can advise on many issues for cohabiting couples…

A woman who lost her long-term partner has won a legal battle that is likely to improve the pension rights of unmarried couples in the public sector.

Denise Brewster, who was denied payments from her late partner’s occupational pension, argued that she was the victim of “serious discrimination”.

Following a to and fro legal fight, she won her case at the UK’s highest court.

The case was closely watched by pension schemes which could change their rules.

Read more: http://bbc.in/2ln3f3J

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