This ruling could have significant impact for co-habitees that have been denied payments from their partners pensions. It is well worth completing the nomination of beneficiaries form for all pensions.
Ruling marks significant extension of unmarried cohabitees’ rights and could affect millions of families Denise Brewster was denied payments from her late long-term partner’s occupational pension. Photograph: John Aston/PA A Northern Ireland woman who was refused payments from her former partner’s pension has won her battle to extend benefits automatically to those who are unmarried. Denise Brewster, from Coleraine, had been living with Lenny McMullan for 10 years. They were engaged on Christmas Eve 2009 but he died suddenly in the early hours of Boxing Day morning. Her victory at the supreme court marks a significant extension of the rights of unmarried cohabitees and could affect the rights of millions of families across the UK. The five justices said that the refusal to pay her the pension was unlawful.