For the first time, Woodfines Solicitors hosted a Legal Forum on Thursday 12th November covering themes relating to Family Law, Wills and Probate, and Discrimination specifically for the LGBT community. Jackie Jessiman (Fellow Chartered Legal Executive) spoke about the validity of marriage for those embarking upon or subsequent to obtaining a gender recognition certificate, and the comparison between marriage and civil partnership in terms of their formation. Many questions flowed from this with focuses on international jurisdiction for same sex couples in civil partnership or marriage and the meaning of jointly owned property and division upon relationship breakdown.
Senior Associate and Employment lawyer, Nick Sayer, mapped the development of modern day discrimination law, from the 1970s to the Equality Act 2010, with particular emphasis on the protected characteristics of sexual orientation and gender reassignment. He also explained indirect discrimination, discussed some of the practical employment issues which arise when dealing with gender reassignment issues in the workplace, and addressed the recent Court of Appeal decision in Walker v Innospec which provided that there will be no retroactive entitlement to occupational pension benefits prior to 5 December 2005, the date that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force.
The Forum concluded with a discussion on how Woodfines can further assist the LGBT community in Cambridge, with future events and activities expected to be announced.
For further information or advice, please get in touch with our Cambridge office.