Cohabiting Couples and their Pension Rights

A woman, whose long term partner died, has recently won a legal battle that is likely to improve the pension rights of unmarried couples in the public sector. Denise Brewster argued that she was the victim of “serious discrimination” when she was denied payments from her late partner’s occupational pension scheme. She ultimately won her case at the UK’s highest court. Denise and her partner lived together for 10 years and owned their own home. When her partner died, had they  been married, Denise would automatically have shared in the pension that he had built up. As they were only cohabiting, Denise was not automatically entitled to his pension. A form had not been completed which would have allowed her to receive the money. Read more

Separating Amicably and with Dignity – how do you do it?


2016. What a year. It brought us more medals at the Olympics and Paralympics than ever before. It brought terror attacks from Egypt to Northern Europe. It saw Tim Peak, the first European space agency astronaut, complete his space mission. It brought us Brexit and Trump. It saw the death of music’s George Michael, David Bowie and Prince. It also saw the breakdown of well-known couples, such as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, Gary and Danielle Lineker, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and John Bernard and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. However, was it the year where such well-known people were separating amicably and with dignity? Read more