Burges Salmon LLP

Tim Illston

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Practice Areas

Partner in the pensions team; legal adviser for AT&T ISTEL pension plan, University of Oxford staff pension scheme, QinetiQ pension scheme, Howden pension plan, Westland pension scheme, First UK Bus pension scheme, Wessex Water pension scheme, Inchcape Motors pension scheme; chairman of trustees Lincoln Staff pension scheme; independent trustee National Museum of Wales pension scheme; Crest Nicholson pension scheme; Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) adviser. Numerous seminars; panel member at Mercer and PSolve Investment conferences.

Professional Memberships

Association of Pension Lawyers Group; Fellow Pensions Management Institute; TPAS advisor.


Trained Lawrence Graham; qualified 1986; joined Burges Salmon from Freshfields 1988; partner 1990.


Tax for Pension Lawyers’– paper delivered to Association of Pension Lawyers, Annual Conference, Paris 1999; ‘The Duty of Good Faith: how does it apply on the termination of a pension scheme?’ April 2003 (‘Pensions – An International Journal’); Industrial Society prize for APMI exam; presentation to Institute of Actuaries, Bristol on ‘Current Issues in Funding’, November 2007.


Attended Manchester University (1980 BA Hons History); Guildhall University (1982 CPE; 1983 LSF). Leisure interests include West Gloucestershire Hockey Club, Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society, and cycling (Land's End to John O'Groats, 2007 and various sportives).