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Outer Temple Chambers

Pensions

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Outer Temple Chambers demonstrates notable expertise in a broad range of contentious and non-contentious issues pertaining to pensions law, with sources commenting on the "breadth of expertise" at the set. Its barristers are highly adept at handling Part 7 professional negligence claims and Part 8 actions, as well as cases regarding scheme deed rectifications and regulatory proceedings. Barristers at Outer Temple Chambers regularly act for the Pensions Regulator and the Pensions Ombudsman, as well as employers and trustees. Set members have a wealth of experience appearing before all levels of the court system.

Client service:

"The clerks are exceptionally responsive." David Smith leads the business law team.

Strengths:

Andrew Short QC
Highly sought after for his specialism in matters where pensions issues intersect with employment law. He is seen acting in some of the most significant pension disputes, often with discrimination or equalisation aspects. His client list includes trade unions and representative beneficiaries.
"He is very clear in his advice, commercial and pragmatic." "He produces very clear, concise advice and he can make very complex matters sound very straightforward." "A really modern barrister who understands what clients want to receive in service."Recent work: Acted for the representative beneficiary in Safeway v Newton & Another, a high-value equalisation claim referred to the ECJ for a preliminary ruling.

Strengths:

Andrew Spink QC
An authoritative and experienced advocate well known for his handling of high-profile pension disputes. He frequently undertakes regulatory work as well as Part 7 and 8 claims in relation to pensions. He also offers experienced advice on the inflation index to be applied to pension increases.
"He is extremely commercial in his approach, gets to the heart of the matter very quickly and produces clear, client-friendly advice." "He has consummate client care skills, complete mastery of an incredible volume of material, and the ability to distil complex matters and cut a path to a practical as well as a legally correct solution."
Recent work: Instructed in Atos UK IT & Others v Atos Pension Schemes, complex Part 8 proceedings regarding the appropriate inflation index for increases in the pensions of three schemes.

Strengths:

David Grant
The go-to junior for Part 8 and professional negligence claims concerning pension schemes. He frequently appears before the Court of Appeal and High Court and often leads his own cases. Trustees and representative beneficiaries often seek out his counsel.
"He is absolutely amazing and he is very knowledgeable." "He offers first-rate work delivery, and he is very easy to deal with and extremely responsive."Recent work: Acted for the Safeway Pension Trustees in a high-profile and high-value equalisation claim.

Strengths:

Jennifer Seaman
Well respected in the pensions arena, she offers expertise in a wide range of cases, including civil fraud, professional negligence and regulatory matters. She has represented clients solely before the High Court and appeared in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. She is particularly knowledgeable on trustee powers.
"She is extremely assiduous and considered, very thorough, careful and creative." Recent work: Acted for the representative beneficiary in an action brought by Univar against the trustees of its pension scheme to seek rectification of the scheme's deeds and rules.

Strengths:

Keith Bryant QC
Highly rated by respondents for his skill in high-value, complex matters, particularly regarding rectification, equalisation and Part 8 claims. Strengths include representing public sector organisations, trustees and representative beneficiaries, as well as individual scheme members. He also has expertise in pensions cases that have employment law aspects.
"He is really knowledgeable and gives clear advice." "Keith is entirely reliable, dependable, pragmatic and provides strong technical advice."
Recent work: Acted for a representative beneficiary in a high-value Part 8 claim concerning whether a historic amendment had been effective, among other issues.

Strengths:

Lydia Seymour
Recommended for her specialisation in the pension and employment crossover, but is additionally well versed in pure pension disputes. She frequently acts for the Pensions Regulator, employers, trade unions and individuals. She handles rectification, trustee matters and de-risking, among other issues.
"She is hugely talented and has excellent skills and ability." "She is absolutely fantastic to work with and an expert on discrimination matters."Recent work: Acted for the trustees of the Motor Industry Pension Plan on a major equalisation case regarding a multi-employer scheme.

Strengths:

Michael Uberoi
Quality junior with particular expertise in pensions and financial services matters. He has notable experience in rectifications and regulatory proceedings. He frequently acts for beneficiaries and trustees.
"He has very thorough and well-founded knowledge, and he is very practical and very client-friendly." "He is very commercially minded and knows the pensions practice area." "He is able to get to grips with technical issues and provide clear advice quickly."
Recent work: Acted in Safeway v (1) Newton (2) Safeway Pension Trustees, a major equalisation case considered by the Court of Appeal and ECJ.

Strengths:

Naomi Ling
Specialising in both pensions and employment law, she is an expert in professional negligence, discrimination and rectification disputes. She is particularly strong at representing public sector organisations, as well as private employers and trustees. She provides advice on pensions-related commercial agreements, contractual entitlements and the drafting of trust deeds.
"She is very sharp, very bright and extremely personable." "She offers something quite special."
Recent work: Continued to act for the Department of Transport in multiparty litigation regarding the award of rail franchises to private train companies.

Strengths:

Nicholas Hill
A junior with significant expertise in financial services law. He can boast extensive experience in Part 8 claims, professional negligence and contribution disputes.
"He is doing big and high-profile cases."Recent work: Acted in PS Independent Trustees v China Shipping, a case concerning the Employer Debt Regulations and how they operate and interact with the insolvency of a participating employer.

Strengths:

Nicolas Stallworthy QC
Stands out for his impressively broad pensions practice, covering regulatory, professional negligence and tax implications. He is widely recommended for complex pensions issues and often acts in sensitive cases, such as those concerning insolvency, equalisation and scheme merger issues.
"He is exceptionally bright and a really original thinker." "He is very thorough and knowledgeable."Recent work: Acted for Arup in its efforts to obtain an interpretation of the scheme’s indexation provisions which would require or permit a switch away from the Retail Prices Index for future increases to pensions in payment or permit the trustee to make adjustments to increase calculations using the RPI.

Strengths:

Richard Hitchcock QC
Well-respected advocate with extensive experience in regulatory cases, in particular concerning equalisation and the reach of the Pensions Regulator's powers. He frequently acts for trustees, members, unions and employers. He is regularly chosen to advise on Part 7 and 8 matters.
"He is fiercely intelligent and he is very good to work with." "He is technically very able and always able to pull a rabbit out of a hat." Recent work: Acted for the trustees of the Motor Insurers Pension Scheme in complex Part 8 proceedings.

Strengths:

Saul Margo
An experienced junior offering expertise at the intersection of pensions and employment law. He regularly advises government departments and the Pensions Regulator, as well as a number of scheme trustees.
"He is able to get to grips with complex technical issues with speed and produce clear and pragmatic advice."
Recent work: Continued to act for thousands of police officers in a challenge on age, sex and race discrimination grounds to the transitional protection given to some officers (those closer to retirement age and who are older and proportionately more male and white) when the 2015 police pension scheme was introduced.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Pensions


Andrew Short QC
Band 1
Andrew Spink QC
Band 1
Keith Bryant QC
Band 3
Nicolas Stallworthy QC
Band 1
Richard Hitchcock QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Pensions


David E Grant
Band 1