Compensation for some bereaved partners from next month

21 Sep 2020

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed a long overdue change to the law of bereavement damages in England and Wales which will come into effect on 6 October 2020.

The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 has been amended to allow a claim for bereavement damages by the cohabiting partner of the deceased, as long as the couple had cohabited for at least two years before the date of death. The change in the law will apply to cases where the cause of action arises on or after 6 October 2020.

Author

John Hall

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