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David E Grant practises primarily in commercial law, particularly pensions, financial services, civil fraud and fiduciary duty, banking, insolvency, chancery and employment. David has extensive advocacy experience and regularly appears in the Court of Appeal, High Court and specialist Tribunals. He has also attended numerous mediations and round table meetings in a wide variety of cases.

David has been recommended in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 since 2007 and is currently ranked as one of two Band 1 pensions juniors.

His clients have included many leading business including the Atos Group, British Airways, BT, ITV, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Bank, Aegon and Transport for London. He has also acted for the Pensions Protection Fund, the Pensions Regulator and the Pensions Ombudsman as well as leading professional service companies such as Aon, Mercer and Barnett Waddingham as well as various high net worth individuals.

Pensions & Trusts


Safeway Ltd v (1) Newton (2) Safeway Pension Trustees Ltd HC-2015-000392
Warren J

Scope and effect of Smith v Avdel & Harland & Wolff.

Dunlop Oil Marine Ltd v Phoenix Dunlop Pension Trustees Limited HC-2014-000265 Newey J

Summary judgment / hearing of compromise.

Grolier International Ltd & Anor v Capital Cranfield Trustees Ltd [2015] Pen. L.R. 485.
Mann J

Approval of compromise, ability of trustee to act in representative capacity.

CitiFinancial Europe Plc v Davidson [2014] Pen. L.R. 625.
David Halpern QC

Rectification Summary judgment.

Archer & Ors v Travis Perkins & Ors [2014] Pen. L.R. 311

Rose J approval hearing of compromise concerning equalisation of scheme.

Pell Frischmann Consultants v Prabhu & Ors (Ch) [2013] Pens. L.R. 325
Penelope Reed QC

First consideration of whether an employer can pre-empt prospective complaint to the Pensions Ombudsman by issuing court proceedings.

Jerome Group Plc Retirement Benefit Fund

Case C6310307 Determination Notice of the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator appointing independent trustees.

Misys Ltd v Misys Retirement Benefit Trustees Ltd [2012] EWHC 4250 (Ch)
Briggs J

Summary judgment of rectification claim.

Industrial Acoustics Company Ltd v Crowhurst & Ors [2012] Pen L.R. 371.
Vos J

Summary Judgment application for rectification of inadvertent unequalisation of scheme.

Thompson & Ors v Fresenius Kabi Ltd & Ors [2013] Pen. L.R. 157.
Briggs J

Part 8 claim concerning equalisation, estoppel, ability to amend fetter to power of amendment, closure of scheme to new members and conversion from final salary to career average.

Grievson v Grievson [2012] ICR D13
Lewison J

Appeal from Pensions Ombudsman remitted to consider complaints of estoppel.

Webster v Ashcroft [2012] 1 WLR 1309

First decision on ability of promisee’s estate to bring claim for proprietary estoppel when promisee became bankrupt after acquiring relevant equity to bring claim.

Professional Negligence


Stanley Gibbons v Alexander Clay & Ors HC13DOO311.

PPF v Aon Consulting Financial Services Ltd & Ors [HC-2014-002064]

Numerous other matters resolved confidentially.


Financial Services


Drinkwater v HBOS

Mis-selling of SSAS, loss of pension with Guaranteed Annuity Rate.

Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) [2014] EWHC 1687 (Ch); [2014] Bus. L.R. 1186. David Richards J

Application for extension of time to prove debt.



Bulgrains & Co Ltd v Shinhan Bank [2013] EWHC 2498 (QB)
HHJ Gore

Whether claim on letter of credit for $825,000 could be avoided on grounds of, inter alia, fraud.

Bank of Scotland v Johnson [2013] All ER (D) 193 (Jun)
Court of Appeal (Lloyd, Jackson, Beatson LJJ)

Successful appeal as to conduct of judge below on appeal by way of review.

Employment & Discrimination


Chenembo v Lambeth LBC [2014] EWCA Civ 1576

Ability of tribunal to dismiss claim for disability discrimination.

British Telecommunications Plc v Luck [2014] EWHC 290 (QB)

Preliminary hearing on limitation by Teare J concerning allegations of fraud, dishonesty and concealment.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Association of Pension Lawyers
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association


  • French
  • Serbian (basic)
  • Spanish (basic)

David E Grant is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law



“He is very experienced in pensions disputes, and provides clear strategic advice.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is detailed, efficient, commercial and has the ability to step back and look at the bigger picture.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018

“A first-rate junior, who is destined for elevation to silk.”Pensions, Legal 500 2017

“He’s got very good analytical abilities and he’s a good advocate too.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He gave very pragmatic and robust advice which helped to get the matter to a successful settlement.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017

“First rate – highly diligent, very responsive and thorough in all he does.” Pensions, Legal 500 2016

“He has an eye for detail and he’s one to have on your side if you are fighting for the underdog.” Chambers & Partners 2016

“He has a good manner with the client and is an effective advocate.” Chambers & Partners 2016

“You always know that he will produce high-quality work.” Chambers & Partners 2015

“Extremely user-friendly, bright and proactive, he gives good practical advice.” Chambers & Partners 2015

“He has a very impressive grasp of detailed case law and applies it very well in complex cases.” Chambers & Partners 2015

“He is good at marshalling evidence and keeping a case on track.” Legal 500 2015

“Takes instructions from the most high profile firms”, “a confident advocate” and “a persuasive presence on his feet” and as “an independent thinker who doesn’t need a leader in order to shine.” Chambers & Partners 2014

“He has a phenomenal wealth of knowledge. He takes a very thorough analytical approach.” Chambers & Partners 2014

“You always know that he will produce high-quality work.” Legal 500 2014

“Very thorough, analytical approach” Legal 500 2014

David Grant delivers “well-drafted, well-balanced opinions on issues relating to the cessation of future accrual of pensions.” He is also an expert on rectification and equalisation matters. He has “excellent technical ability and a practical approach” and is, according to one source, “particularly impressive on representative beneficiary matters.” Chambers & Partners 2013

David Grant wins plaudits for his “very thorough, analytical approach.” Legal 500 2013

“Phenomenal wealth of knowledge” Legal 500 2013

David Grant delivers “dogged analysis of very complex points.” Legal 500 2012

David Grant is “helpful and practical” and demonstrates “confident and robust case handling.” Chambers & Partners 2011

David Grant is “academically on the button.” Legal 500 2011

“Established a strong name for himself through his involvement in key pensions cases” “[able to] run his own cases with complete assurance.” Outstanding on those cases with a pensions / employment crossover.” Chambers & Partners 2010

David Grant is “pragmatic, approachable and prompt.” Pensions, Legal 500 2010

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