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Stephen Doherty

Stephen Doherty

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Stephen Doherty became a member of Chambers in September 2014 following pupillage.

He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice and has a particular interest in pensions, financial services and commercial litigation.

Stephen has a first-class degree in History from Oxford University. He completed his Graduate Diploma in Law with distinction, and achieved an outstanding grade in the Bar Professional Training Course.

Pensions & Trusts

Stephen has recently returned to chambers following a secondment to the Pensions Regulator, where he was involved in a range of Determinations Panel, Upper Tribunal and High Court litigation, and other advisory work. Stephen has experience of issues relating to pension scams, misuse and misappropriation of pension scheme assets, defined benefit scheme funding, scheme governance, and the prohibition of scheme trustees. Whilst seconded to the Financial Conduct Authority, Stephen has gained further experience of pensions scams, the regulation of personal pension schemes, and issues relating to the suitability of advice provided to pension schemes.

Stephen regularly advises pension scheme members in relation to a variety of complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman and through internal dispute resolution procedures (IRDPs). Recent cases include complaints of maladministration through the provision of incorrect pension benefit quotations, misrepresentation, breach of contract, claw back of overpaid benefits, and complaints relating to the retention of Mental Health Officer (MHO) and Special Class (SC) status in the NHS Pension Scheme.

Stephen was recently led by Nicolas Stallworthy QC in Hogg Robinson Plc v Harvey and others [2016] EWHC 129 (Ch), an application by the sponsoring employer of a pension scheme for summary judgment in respect of its claim for rectification of a deed of amendment to the scheme, which purported to change the rate of pension increases from RPI to LPI.

Stephen spent part of his pupillage under the supervision of David E. Grant where he gained experience in a variety of other pensions and trusts disputes. As a pupil he drafted numerous pleadings, skeleton arguments, opinions and research notes in relation to complex pensions, regulatory, insolvency and probate matters.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • COMBAR
  • Association of Pensions

Awards

  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
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