Unmarried woman wins bereavement damages

A woman has won a legal battle for better rights for unmarried people who lose their long-term partners after taking the government to the Court of Appeal for breaching her human rights. Jakki Smith discovered that she was not entitled to claim £11,800 in bereavement damages when her partner of 16 years, John Bulloch, died aged 66 in October 2011 after an infection was missed. Her legal team argued the current legislation was in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and asserted the award should be available to anyone who had been in a relationship for at least two years. Ms Smith’s lawyer, Zac Golombeck, noted that the Law Commission has previously recommended co-habiting couples should be eligible for bereavement damages.

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Posted 29/11/2017