Employment Law lawyer, Theresa Carling commented:

"In today’s society many people will have been surprised or shocked that there was a need for this case to be pursued at all! The case was brought as there was an anomaly in the Equality Act 2010 which penalised those in a civil partnership as this union was not legally recognised until 2006. This meant that any pension entitlements/contributions from which a civil partner could benefit were not recognised prior to this date, whereas married couples automatically received the full benefit of the contributions.

This finally brings parity to gay couples who are in a civil partnership or married who will enjoy the same entitlements as their heterosexual colleagues in relation to retirement benefits and pension rights. Interestingly, this is only using the application of European law by our Supreme Court. Let’s hope that sensible decisions like this continue after Brexit."