The ban on heterosexual couples forming civil partnerships was today declared unlawful in a landmark ruling that paves the way for a change in the law.

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan went to the Supreme Court to argue that the Civil Partnerships Act, which permits same-sex couples to form legal partnerships, was discriminatory.

James Carroll appears in the Evening Standard saying "Today's decision is a victory for common sense."

Heterosexual couple granted right to civil partnership in landmark Supreme Court ruling is available to read on the Evening Standard website. 

James is a partner in the family team. He specialises in the financial and other consequences of relationship formation or breakdown. He is known as a leader in the field in relation to same-sex relationships, civil partnerships and same-sex marriages, particularly those involving cross-border issues.