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Saul Margo specialises in pensions, employment and commercial work.
Recent pensions work includes a Part 8 (led by Andrew Spink QC) that raises issues relating to the closure of a scheme to future accrual and PPF compensation and (acting alone) claims for rectification (representing trustees and representative beneficiaries) as well as related professional negligence claims. He has been involved in some of the highest profile pensions cases over the last few years including IBM v Dalgleish and the GPG regulatory action. He is recommended in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
Recent employment work includes acting in the Court of Appeal in the disability discrimination case of Swansea University Pension Scheme Trustees v Williams (led by Keith Bryant QC) as well as representing a large cohort of claimants in Miller v Ministry of Justice (concerning the entitlement of fee-paid judges to a pension and other elements of pay) and numerous claims that are connected to this litigation, many of which have now reached either the EAT or the Court of Appeal. He is regularly instructed in complex and lengthy discrimination cases. He is described in Chambers & Partners as “Brilliant in his oral advocacy, and fearless.” As a result of his position on the Treasury B-Panel he has represented a wide variety of government departments across the whole spectrum of employment, pensions, commercial and public law matters.
Recent commercial work includes both advising and acting in cases involving the mis-selling of swaps, a claim brought in the High Court on behalf of 32 claimants alleging a contractual entitlement to a higher level pension contributions from their employer and acting in a complex professional negligence claim.
Saul has a first class degree from Cambridge in Philosophy.
Commercial & Chancery
Wadhwani v The Royal Bank of Scotland
Representing the Claimant in a high value swaps mis-selling claim in the Chancery Division that is likely to come to trial in 2017.
Charminster Limited v HSBC and Barclays Bank
Represented the First Defendant in a claim for breach of mandate / breach of contract and breach of duty of care relating to fraudulent withdrawals made from a company account. Favourable settlement reached at mediation.
CSM Storage & Archives v Linde Handling
Successfully represented the Claimant in claim for breach of contract / negligence arising out of damage to a container handling vehicle.
White Young Green v Pearson Jones
Represented the defendant to a high-value professional negligence claim that settled before trial (led by Nicolas Stallworthy QC).
Eddie Stobart v Aikman
Represented over 30 Claimants in High Court proceedings in the QBD concerning a breach of contractual terms relating to employer pension contributions. A favourable settlement was reached before trial.
Ensign Fuels v Ensign Bus Company
Represented the Claimant in a claim for negligence / breach of contract arising out of the wrongful delivery of red diesel.
Webber v Department for Education
Instructed by the Department for Education in an appeal against a decision of the Pensions Ombudsman. The case sets an important precedent concerning the application of time limits to overpayment cases before the Ombudsman.
Re: Guinness Peat Group Plc
Instructed by the Trustees of the Coats UK Pension Plan in what is probably the largest and most complex on-going regulatory action brought by the Pension Regulator in respect of one of the UK’s largest schemes (with in the region of 27,000 members).
IBM UK Ltd & IBM Holdings Ltd v Dalgleish & Others (the remedies judgment)
Instructed on behalf of the Trustee as part of a team in an expedited two-week trial of novel issues of principle as to what the remedies should be. A landmark case concerning whether IBM breached its duty of good faith to employees in 2009 when seeking to alter their terms & conditions for pensions pay.
Moores Furniture Group Limited v Turnpenny & Others
Instructed by the employer in a successful summary judgment application for rectification of a pension scheme Deed & Rules.
Re: Wedgwood Group Pension Plan
Representing the Trustee in a Part 8 claim raising numerous issues relating to whether the scheme was validly closed to future accrual – the case is also likely to raise rectification issues.
Appointments & Memberships
- Denning Scholarship
Areas of Law
- Commercial & Chancery
- Employment & Discrimination
- Financial Services
- Law In Sport
- Pensions & Trusts
- Professional Negligence
- Public Law
“He is extremely intelligent, pragmatic and helpful, and he has a really warm and charming manner with both solicitors and lay clients.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018
“His strength is in the detail, he has a great memory and he is good at analysing how certain events could impact the bigger picture.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018
“He has great memory recall and always considers the bigger picture.” Pensions, Legal 500 2017
“A passionate barrister with conviction.” Employment, Legal 500 2017
“Saul has been extremely good operating in a team of leading counsel and solicitors to conclude extremely complex cases to the clients’ satisfaction.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He is one to watch – an excellent tactician.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He is conscientious and is always available at the end of the phone to deal with any questions as they arise.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017
“Bright, capable and attentive – one to watch.” Employment, Legal 500 2016
“A particularly engaging advocate. Very thorough and very convincing, and he uses his light touch to considerable effect.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2016
“Brilliant in his oral advocacy, and fearless.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2016
“Incredibly hard-working” with “a really sharp, accurate brain” and “a really good team player”. Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He is very knowledgeable and has got a good grasp of pensions matters.” “Incredibly hard-working, he has a really sharp, accurate brain and he works through issues quickly and impressively. He’s also a really good team player.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2015
“A junior of choice.” Pensions, Legal 500 2015
“We are impressed by the level of detail provided by Saul.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2014
“He provides excellent client care.” Pensions, Legal 500 2014