The Pensions team at Outer Temple Chambers is widely regarded as the go-to set for pensions, employee benefit trusts and other commercial trust cases, with vast experience of providing specialist advisory and adversarial services in this field.

With a unique offering of dual-expertise specialists in pensions law and complementary specialisms like banking, financial services, employment and (having regard to the 2021 Pension Schemes Act) criminal regulatory proceedings. We understand the intricacy and complexity of corporate restructurings, scheme mergers, the most technical court applications under CPR Part 8, or hard-fought litigation under CPR Part 7 and long-running regulatory procedures.

Members of the team have consistently been instructed in the leading pension cases of the last decade and regularly act for major industry bodies, including the Pensions Regulator and the Pensions Protection Fund.

A great number of practitioners in the team are members of the Association of Pensions Lawyers, with practitioners who have been on the main committee, education & seminars committee, public sector committee and pensions litigation committee; and also the Pensions Litigation Court Users Committee.

As well as acting as advocates before all relevant tribunals (from the Determinations Panel and Upper Tribunal to the High Court and all levels of the appellate courts), we regularly appear at mediations and arbitrations.

Pensions Experience

Our barristers offer in-depth advice and representation in all aspects of pensions law such as:

  • Pensions legislation
  • Amendment & other modification powers
  • The interpretation of pension scheme documents
  • Equalisation and sex discrimination
  • Age discrimination
  • Indexation
  • Pensions & Insolvency
  • The Pension Protection Fund
  • The Pensions Regulator’s powers
  • Pension scheme mergers & winding-up
  • Pensions liberation
  • Pensions ombudsman complaints and appeals
  • Industry-wide schemes
  • Local Government and other public sector schemes
  • Rectification
  • Equitable mistake
  • Improper purposes (‘fraud on a power’)
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Estoppel in the context of pension schemes
  • Beddoe relief, representation orders, orders under section 48 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985 and other applications in the administration of trusts;
  • Self-Invested Personal Pension Schemes and other personal pension schemes; and
  • Professional negligence

In addition to commercial trust work, some of our practitioners undertake private and charitable trust work for trustees and individuals, often with cross-border / international issues (whether in Dubai, Jersey, Guernsey, Caribbean, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australian, US or other jurisdictions).

Barristers from Outer Temple Chambers have starred in most of the significant pensions cases of the last decade, including:

Team members are highly ranked in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Our pensions barristers have a strong track record of successfully negotiating settlements and will work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for their client.

We offer mediation, arbitration, and early neutral evaluation (ENE) where we provide an impartial assessment of the merits of your case before legal proceedings.

Various members are qualified to practice in other jurisdictions including USA, Ireland, the Middle East, Caribbean jurisdictions, New Zealand and Australia.

Find out more about our global arbitration team here

Pensions Barristers

Andrew Spink QC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2003

Andrew Short QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2010

Nicolas Stallworthy QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2011

Keith Bryant QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2013

Richard Hitchcock QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2014

Lydia Seymour

Call: 1997

Philip Stear

Call: 2018 (Solicitor since 1997)

David E Grant

Call: 1999

Naomi Ling

Call: 2001

Michael Uberoi

Call: 2004

Saul Margo

Call: 2005

Jennifer Seaman

Call: 2007

Nicholas Hill

Call: 2008

Stephen Doherty

Call: 2013

Bianca Venkata

Call: 2014

Stephen Butler

Call: 2014

Victoria Brown

Call: 2014

Gus Baker

Call: 2015

Chloë Bell

Call: 2015

Elizabeth Grace

Call: 2017

Patrick Tomison

Call: 2018

Joshua Cainer

Call: 2019

Anson Cheung

Call: 2019

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