Gender Reassignment – The Legal Saga Continues

11 Aug 2017

The Upper Tribunal has given judgment in the latest round of litigation concerning the compatibility of the UK’s legislative scheme for gender reassignment with EU law. In Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v HY (RP) [2017] UKUT 303 (AAC), the Upper Tribunal allowed the Secretary of State’s appeals against two decisions of the First-tier Tribunal. It held that the requirement in the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate as a condition for claiming a state requirement pension in one’s acquired gender was compatible with Council Directive 79/7/EEC on equal treatment in matters of social security.  This was the case notwithstanding that such Certificates had prospective effect only.

Ben Lask acted for the Secretary of State. Brendan McGurk acted for the claimants.

To read the case note please click here.