27 June 2018

Jo Edwards quoted in The Times Brief and eprivateclient on the Supreme Court ruling that lack of availability of civil partnerships for heterosexual couples discriminates against heterosexual couples

On 27 June, Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan won their appeal when the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Partnership Act 2004, which permits such unions for same sex but not opposite sex couples, was discriminatory and in breach of their human rights.

Jo Edwards, Head of Family, comments that whilst the judgment will put further pressure on the government to bring forward their timetable for a consultation on civil partnerships, the case also highlights the shocking lack of rights for those who cohabit without marrying in England and Wales and that further law reform is required to protect cohabiting couples.

Links to the The Times Brief article can be found here and the ePrivate Client article (subscription required) can be found here.

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