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2017/46 Supreme Court upholds right to equal survivors’ pensions for same-sex partners (UK)

Keywords Sexual orientation discrimination
Authors Anna Bond
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Anna Bond
Anna Bond is an associate at Lewis Silkin LLP: www.lewissilkin.com.
  • Abstract

      The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a man seeking to establish that, if he died, his husband should be entitled to the same survivor’s pension as a female spouse would receive in the same circumstances. The Court unanimously held that an exemption in the Equality Act 2010 allowing employers to exclude same-sex partners from pension benefits accruing before December 2005, was incompatible with EU law and should be disapplied.

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