While the immediate significance of Brewster is limited, it once more shines a light on the differences in law between married and cohabiting couples, explains Shlomit Glaser

The decision of the Supreme Court In the matter of an application by Denise Brewster for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2017] UKSC 8 has attracted considerable media attention. In part, this may be because of the compelling back story: a woman who had lived with her fiancé for ten years, his early death, and the way that she had been denied the survivor’s pension to which she was entitled because a nomination form had not been completed

In hindsight, the decision makes one wonder how a case where the conclusion now seems so obvious could have required the attention of nine judges of the higher courts to resolve.

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