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Pensions disputes lawyers: helping clients with pensions litigation

Disputes are common place in pensions, where significant sums can be at stake.

Our experienced Pensions Disputes team has an established reputation for high quality legal advice, combined with a pragmatic, cost-sensitive approach to dispute resolution. Our aim is to avoid disputes where possible but where unavoidable to resolve them as quickly, discreetly and amicably as possible. We simplify the complicated and think beyond the law.

Our lawyers have been involved in much of the key pension scheme litigation of the past 25 years, which has provided us with invaluable experience in advising clients on member complaints, trustee/employer disputes, court proceedings, and dealings with the Pensions Regulator, Pensions Ombudsman and Financial Ombudsman Service. We have dealt with some of the most complicated and high value cases in this area.

We are ranked as a top tier team for pensions disputes in both Chambers and Legal 500.

Pensions litigation: our pensions disputes experience

Our recent experience in pension scheme disputes includes:

  • acting for leading institutional clients (including benefits consultants) in defending professional negligence claims and member complaints, for example arising from erroneous transfers, overpayments, delays and misstatements
  • acting for claimants bringing professional negligence claims, both in court and through mediation
  • advising Barnardo’s in relation to its appeal to the Supreme Court, brought to decide whether the trustees could adopt an index other than RPI for the purposes of indexation and revaluation
  • advising the Airways Pensions Scheme Trustee in relation to a high profile claim by British Airways, which has leave to appeal to the Supreme Court
  • acting for Carey Pensions in a highly anticipated case before the High Court in 2018, concerning SIPP providers’ obligations in respect of execution only transactions
  • advising the trustees of the BHS pension scheme following the collapse of the retailer and threatened proceedings against the corporate group by the Pensions Regulator
  • acting for the trustee of the Box Clever Group Pension Scheme: the first substantive hearing regarding the Pensions Regulator’s moral hazard powers before the Upper Tribunal
  • acting for the trustee in Safeway Ltd v Newton: the highest value equalisation claim to be heard before the Courts, which has now been referred to the ECJ
  • acting on numerous other reported cases seeking rectification of pension scheme documents or court directions as to their true construction
  • advising in relation to pensions fraud, pensions misselling and pensions investments
  • advising in relation to errors and defects in pension scheme documents

Pensions litigation: what people say about our pensions disputes lawyers

Claire Carroll is "a very authoritative and measured lawyer” who is “clear, focused and good at getting results.”

Emma King is “very practical and doesn't shy away from making difficult decisions” and “strong technically and commercially, and timely with her advice.”

Jennifer Miles is recommended for her ability to "grasp the facts, assimilate information and convey it back in a simple format.”

Giles Orton is considered to be an "outstanding" litigator by market commentators.

Source: Chambers and Partners 2018 and the Legal 500.

awards Pensions Age Awards 2018 - Pensions Law Firm of the Year