- Court of Appeal recognises cohabitees right to clinical negligence compensation (Smith v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2017)
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Personal Injury analysis: The Court of Appeal has ruled that the loss of an unmarried partner due to negligence should be compensated in the same way as losing a spouse or civil partner. Coffin Mew partner Sue Bowler, who specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence claims, says the decision ‘fundamentally’ changes the law for cohabiting couples and redresses the balance in favour of those bereaved by negligence.
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