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SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION: Supreme Court decides on survivor pension rights for same-sex partners

01 September 2017  

Pension schemes which restrict benefits for same-sex spouses and civil partners will need to be changed as a recent ruling means they no longer comply with UK law, reports Fudia Smartt

In the milestone judgment of Walker v Innospec Ltd [2017], the Supreme Court held that same-sex civil partners and spouses are entitled to the same pension on the death of their partner or spouse as heterosexual couples. Therefore, para 18 of Sch 9 of the Equality Act 2010 was deemed to be incompatible with the Equal Treatment Framework Directive.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Barber v Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance Group [1990] EUECJ C-262/88

    Defrenne v Société Anonyme Belge de Navigation Aérienne Sabena [1976] EUECJ C-43/75

    Maruko v Versorgungsanstalt der deutschen Bühnen [2008] EUECJ C-267/06

    O’Brien v Ministry of Justice [2015] EWCA Civ 1000; [2017] UKSC 46

    Römer v Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg [2011] EUECJ C-147/08

    Ten Oever v Stichting Bedrijfspensioenfonds voor het Glazenwassers- en Schoonmaakbedrijf [1993] EUECJ C-109/91

    Walker v Innospec Ltd & ors [2017] UKSC 47

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