Nicholas Randall QC and Claire Darwin successful in Court of Appeal Pension Rights Appeal


The Court of Appeal has today dismissed the appeal in Walker v Innospec. Mr Walker argued that Directive 2000/78/EC, which establishes a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation in the European Union, applied to pension rights accrued before 5 December 2005, the date when the Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force. The Court of Appeal held that it did not, and as such, Mr Walker’s same-sex partner (now husband) did not have any entitlement to a survivor’s pension.Nicholas Randall QC and Claire Darwin acted for Innospec Limited instructed by Peter Norbury at Eversheds. Examples of media coverage can be found here and here.