Saul Margo

Year of Call:
2005
Direct Access:
Yes

Saul specialises in pensions and employment, as well as professional negligence claims relating to pension schemes.

His pensions practice encompasses both pure pensions litigation and advisory work with his litigation experience including Part 8, professional negligence and rectification claims.

Additionally, Saul is in demand for his specialist knowledge of cross-over pensions and employment work having been instructed in the litigation relating to the judges pensions scheme, the police pension scheme, sexual orientation discrimination claims relating to the Teachers’ pension scheme and the Supreme Court case of Williams v Trustees of Swansea University Pension Scheme and another [2019] 1 WLR 93 (a discrimination claim relating to ill health retirement benefits).

His employment work covers both pension and employment cross-over work as well as the full range of employment disputes. He has extensive experience of appellate advocacy in the EAT and has appeared numerous times in the Court of Appeal.

Saul was appointed to the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel in September 2021.

Expertise

Saul has been instructed in some of the highest profile pensions cases in recent years. His practice encompasses Part 8 claims, professional negligence claims, rectification claims as well as cross-over pensions and employment litigation.

Notable Pensions cases


Re: the Legal & General Group UK Pension and Assurance Fund and the Legal & General Group UK Senior Pension Scheme

Acting on behalf of the representative beneficiary in a highly complex case concerning the validity, construction and/or rectification of 13 sets of provisions governing two L&G pension schemes, dating back to the 1980s.

Gleeds v Aon

Prior to taking extended parental leave Saul represented one of the lawyer defendants in the professional negligence action arising out of the Part 8 litigation and the subsequent settlement.

Acting for the Trustee in a professional negligence claim relating to the provision of legal and actuarial services. The case raises numerous interesting limitation and contributory negligence issues, as well as the as yet untested question of whether and on what basis a Trustee can recover losses where scheme liabilities have been increased due to the negligence of a professional advisor.

Aarons and others v Home Secretary and others / Scottish Ministers and others

Acting for thousands (about 15,000 to date) of police officers in England, Wales and Scotland in a challenge to the transitional protection given to some officers (i.e. those closer to retirement age and who are older and proportionately more male and white) when the 2015 police pension scheme was introduced. The respondents are every police force (43 in England and Wales plus the Scottish force), the Home Secretary and the Scottish Ministers. The respondents have conceded liability.

Acting for the Trustee and employer in what has the potential to be a landmark Part 8 concerning an estoppel by convention and/or by deed, operating to prevent the members from asserting that the scheme did not close to future accrual from the intended date.

Wedgwood Pension Plan Trustee Ltd v Keith Salt

Acted for the Trustee of the Wedgwood Pension Plan in complex Part 8 proceedings arising out of the collapse of the iconic Wedgwood group of companies, leading to the Plan entering into a Pension Protection Fund assessment period.

The case raised multiple issues of interest and importance to pension schemes generally, including whether a fetter on the power of amendment prevented the employer from reducing future service benefits in addition to past service benefits.

Williams v Trustees of Swansea University Pension Scheme and another [2019] 1 WLR 93

Instructed by the respondents in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in the first appellate case to consider the meaning of ‘unfavourable’ in a disability discrimination claim under s15, EqA and its application to the provision of ill health retirement benefits.

Saul has extensive experience of all areas of employment law and appears regularly in the EAT, as well as in the Court of Appeal.

Notable Employment cases


Davies v HL Insurance Limited [2020] IRLR 490

Acted for the successful claimant in a reinstatement appeal on the basis that a claimant requiring additional training in order to undertake an alternative role did not mean that re-engagement was not practicable.

Williams v Trustees of Swansea University Pension Scheme and another [2019] 1 WLR 93

Instructed by the respondents in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in the first appellate case to consider the meaning of ‘unfavourable’ in a disability discrimination claim under s15, EqA.

Bonnie v Department for Work and Pensions [2019] ICR 89

Acted for one of the successful Claimants in an appeal concerning the question of when time starts to run for an appeal in circumstances where the judgment has been sent to someone who is not a party to the proceedings. The case a resulted in the ET guidance on time limits being re-written.

Aarons and others v Home Secretary and others / Scottish Ministers and others

Acting for thousands (about 15,000 to date) of police officers in England, Wales and Scotland in a challenge to the transitional protection given to some officers (i.e. those closer to retirement age and who are older and proportionately more male and white) when the 2015 police pension scheme was introduced. The respondents are every police force (43 in England and Wales plus the Scottish force), the Home Secretary and the Scottish Ministers. The respondents have conceded liability.

Ahmed & Others v Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

This is an Equal pay claims by thousands of shop workers. The case will decide some key issues relating both to equal pay and to the application of the EC rules to multi-party litigation.

Davies v DL Insurance Services Ltd UKEAT/0148/19

Acted for the claimant / appellant in one of the few re-instatement / re-engagement cases dealt with in recent years by the EAT. The EAT held that although the claimant might have needed some training and was not the best candidate for one particular job, this did not necessarily mean that compliance with a re-engagement order was not practicable.

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"Saul is an excellent senior junior. His analysis is perceptive and acute and he can master the details of a large and complex case."

Pensions, Legal 500 2022

"Technically excellent, combined with preparation that leaves no point of evidence or legal argument unturned, Saul is formidable, yet persuasive and charming as an advocate. A real class act, and a barrister that inspires confidence with style and panache - simply brilliant."

Employment, Legal 500 2022

"His considerable intellect and personable manner make him well-suited to both complex employment and pensions cases."

Legal 500, 2020 (Pensions– Leading Juniors)

"Highly able employment barrister who fights hard for his client and combines excellent judgement with attractive and forceful advocacy."

Legal 500, 2020 (Employment – Leading Juniors)

"He's very personable and technically very strong."

Chambers & Partners 2020 (Pensions)

"A very knowledgeable advocate who is able to quickly get to grips with complex legal and factual matters." "A studious and clear lawyer who is handling very interesting cases."

Chambers & Partners, 2020 (Employment)

"A calm and well-prepared advocate who gives clear and confident advice."

Legal 500, 2019 (Pensions– Leading Juniors)

"Polished, confident and technically excellent."

Chambers & Partners, 2019 (Pensions)

"He provides clear and confident advice that is commercially sensible."

Chambers & Partners, 2019 (Employment)

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  • LexisNexis Author (Pensions Q&A)

  • First in Philosophy (Cambridge)
  • MSc in Philosophy and Politics  (LSE)
  • Denning Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn)

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