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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


Beaton v Board of the Pension Protection Fund [2017] EWHC 2623 (Ch)

Nugee J. Meaning of “attributable to his pensionable service”.

Safeway Ltd v Newton & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 1482 on appeal from [2016] Pens.L.R. 79

Warren J. Retrospective equalisation, construction (subject to reference to the CJEU).

Mondelez v Mondelez Pensions Trustees Ltd

First disposal hearing of a Part 8 claim for rectification of a pension deed.

NHS Business Services Authority v Williams [2017] ICR 327

Warren J. Appeal from the Pensions Ombudsman, meaning of “in pensionable employment as a nurse”.

Saga Group Ltd v Paul [2016] Pens.L.R. 329

Procedure for application for summary judgment of claim for rectification.

Girls’ Day School Trust v GDST Pension Trustees Ltd [2016] Pen.L.R.181

Norris J, first reported paper application for rectification by summary judgment.

Professional Negligence


Stanley Gibbons v Alexander Clay & Ors HC13D003111

Expert legal evidence.

PPF v Hill

Claim against former pension trustees / scheme advisors for breach of investment regulations. Permissibility of commercial property portfolio.

PPF v Aon Consulting Financial Services ltd & Ors HC-2014-002064

Expert evidence, scope of duty.

Aon Pension Trustees Ltd v MCP [2012] Ch 1

The first appellate consideration of s27 of the Trustee Act 1925 (protection of trustees by means of advertisements).

Financial services. Banking


Jones & Anor v Roundlistic

Court of Appeal, March 2018. Whether a term in a lease preventing sub-letting is unfair under the UTCCR 1999.

Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) [2014] Bus. L.R. 1186

Application for extension of time to prove debt.

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

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

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


Chatfield-Roberts v Phillips & Universal Aunts Limited 2018 EAT

Parsons v Airplus International Ltd 2017 EAT

Appropriate test of a qualifying disclosure in whistle-blowing claims.

Herry v Dudley Metropolitan Council [2017] ICR 610

Assessment of costs and effect of bankruptcy in ET claims.

Nabili v Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust EAT

21 June 2016. Adjournment of disciplinary hearing in unfair dismissal claim.

Missirlis v Queen Mary University of London EAT 

16 May 2016. Redeployment following redundancy in unfair dismissal claim. Consideration of Polkey exclusion.

Chenembo v Lambeth LBC [2014] EWCA Civ 1576

Disability discrimination.

Insolvency & Restructuring


Trustee Corporation Ltd v Nadir [2001] BPIR 541

Acted for Asil Nadir (of Pollypeck fame) in his dispute with his trustee in bankruptcy as to who was entitled to his pension given the existence of a forfeiture provision in the case of bankruptcy.

Snell v Sirin Fine Art Ltd (In Administration) & Ors, HQ12X01256 Master Fontaine 17 January 2013

Whether the Master has jurisdiction and, if so, should exercise her discretion to grant permission to continue proceedings against company in administration.

Re Rangers FC

High profile proceedings arising out of the administration of Glasgow Rangers and allegation of conspiracy against various parties including Collyer Bristow. Acted for the Trustees of a pension scheme who had loaned money to Rangers and sought to prove their debt.

Webster v Ashcroft [2012] 1 WLR 1309)

A contentious probate case which involved a proprietary estoppel claim brought by the estate of the promise and is the first decision on the ability to bring such a claim when the promisee became bankrupt after acquiring relevant equity to bring claim

Re Diviney

A claim arising out of a failed property investment which raised the ability to claim against bankrupts and make a direct claim against the insurers of a company in administration pursuant to the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930

Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) [2014] Bus. L.R. 1186.

Acted for the applicant, Contrarian Funds LLC, who claimed to be a creditor of LBI(E) and applied for a further extension of time in which to challenge the rejection of its proof of debt by the respondent administrators. The court considered whether the time limit for bringing an application to challenge the rejection of a proof of debt was concerned with litigation.

Herry v Dudley Metropolitan Council [2017] ICR 610.

Acted for Mr Herry, a discharged bankrupt, in his successful appeal against an order for costs made by the ET. The EAT set out guidance on the effect of bankruptcy on ET claims.

Numerous applications in the Interim Applications Court for freezing orders, suspension of possession orders, discharge and variation of orders etc.

Several unfair prejudice petitions by minority shareholders.

Private Client


Snell v Sirin Fine Art Ltd (In Administration) & Ors HQ12X01256

Master Fontaine (17 January 2013). Whether Master has jurisdiction or should grant permission to continue proceedings against company in administration.

Snell v Sirin Fine Art Ltd

Successful application for search order concerning genuine Auguste Rodin reproductions worth c £30m.

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.

Crowley v Gudipati 2009/0047/0052

Adjudicator to the Land Registry. Important case on rectification of the Registry on the ground of attestation and undue influence.

Spencer v Strickland [2009] EWHC 3033 (Ch)

Beneficial ownership of property bought by parents for daughter.


Appointments & Memberships

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


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

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Areas of Law


“A pensions expert who is calm and sensible with a loyal client following. He has very good commercial judgement and is easy to work with.” Chancery Commercial, Chambers and Partners 2021

“He is absolutely amazing and he is very knowledgeable.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2021

“He offers first-rate work delivery, and he is very easy to deal with and extremely responsive.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2021

“Very knowledgeable in the pensions professional negligence field.” Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2021

“Technically very strong, but also able to present complex advice in a way which can be understood by the lay client.” Pensions, Legal 500 2021

“The go-to junior for Part 8 and professional negligence claims concerning pension schemes.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2020

“He’s an impressive senior junior delivering QC-level advice.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2020

“He’s very pragmatic, very clear, user-friendly and engaging with clients.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2020

“He’s really valuable because he has immense experience of the pensions field and is involved in a lot of the cases. He is able to give very robust advice. He’s pragmatic and very easy to work with. An excellent junior.” Chancery, Chambers & Partners 2020

“A very impressive junior, who is very personable and works very hard.” Pensions, Legal 500 2020

“He is highly-regarded for pensions-related disputes.” Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2020

“Very assured, reliable and user-friendly in all his dealings with solicitors and lay clients alike. He is a polished advocate who always seems to have the ear of the judge.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2019

“Very persuasive.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2019

“A leading junior counsel who is clever, practical and user friendly.” Pensions, Legal 500 2019

“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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