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Supreme Court rules that cohabitee is entitled to share of deceased’s partner’s pension

In the matter of an application by Denise Brewster for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2017] UKSC 8

The Supreme Court unanimously allowed an appeal by a woman from Northern Ireland, in which she claimed that she was entitled to a share of her deceased’s partner’s pension.

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Pensions

Police misconstrued their legal powers during the ‘flag protest’

DB v Chief Constable of PSNI [2017] UKSC 7

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the police had legal powers to stop the ‘flag protests’ that took place in Belfast in December 2012 and continued into March 2013. 

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Local Developments

ECtHR held that removal of journalists from parliamentary press gallery violated Article 10

Selmani and Ors v The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Application No. 67259/14)

On the 9th February 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found that the forcible removal of journalists from a parliamentary press gallery was a violation of their right to freedom of expression.

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Other Public Interest Cases

High Court declares that child should receive vaccinations against mother’s wishes

SL (Permission to Vaccinate), Re 2017 EWHC

The High Court has ruled that a local authority may vaccinate a seven month old boy contrary to his mother’s wishes.

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Children's Rights, Health

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