The decision of the Supreme Court In the matter of an application by Denise Brewster for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2017] UKSC 8 has attracted considerable media attention. In part, this may be because of the compelling back story: a woman who had lived with her fiancé for ten years, his early death, and the way that she had been denied the survivor’s pension to which she was entitled because a nomination form had not been completed

In hindsight, the decision makes one wonder how a case where the conclusion now seems so obvious could have required the attention of nine judges of the higher courts to resolve.

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