The complex and historic nature of UK Pensions law invariably results in disputes. We use our expertise and insight to provide sensible solutions in all kinds of situations.
Our Pensions & Employee Benefits team advises on all types of pension disputes – ranging from initial complaints under a pension scheme’s Internal Dispute Resolution Procedure (“IDRP”) to matters heard by the Pensions Ombudsman or in the High Court.
We understand that pension provision can be an emotive issue for members. Disputes can arise over the interpretation of documents, drafting errors, contractual obligations or failure to adhere to policy documents and legislation. That’s why we combine technical expertise and commercial thinking to offer sensible and thoughtful solutions that perfectly match our clients’ needs.
Avoiding costly litigation is a priority . We help corporate sponsors and trustees mitigate this through a combination of pragmatic advice, skilled negotiation and careful communication.
We also have experience of various different dispute resolution forums that seek to avoid matters ending up in the Courts.
- IDRP cases on a range of matters including disputes as to pension sharing on divorce, death benefits, dependants' pensions, incapacity pensions and scheme overpayments
- Disputes arising on a scheme merger between transferring and receiving schemes on benefits payable and funding levels
- Pension issues on termination of employment for a number of executive directors of a food manufacturing business
- Damages claims against previous advisers.
- High court proceedings for restructuring pension schemes.
Part 5 – COVID – 19 and death benefits – A case study
Many cases will be straightforward – lump sum benefits are usually paid to spouses or children of the deceased in accordance with up to date expression of wish forms. In… Read more →
Part 4 – Problems with Self-Invested Personal Pensions: SIPPing from a poisoned chalice?
A series of recent cases in the Upper Tribunal, the High Court and from the Financial Ombudsman Service have highlighted some potential concerns for members and providers of self-invested personal… Read more →
British Airways’ Pensions
British Airways’ pension arrangements are in the news yet again. After much-publicised High Court proceedings over indexation of pension increases under the Airways Pension Scheme (essentially relating to the trustee’s… Read more →
Streamlining how disputes are dealt with
As the legal adviser to many trustee boards and many employer bodies alike we see it as part of our job to help keep our clients away from complaints and… Read more →
Legality of employer decisions
In this article Employment Partner Blair Adams and Pensions Partner Clive Weber jointly comment on the important Court of Appeal decision in IBM v Dalgleish on 3 August 2017 (IBM Decision)… Read more →
Ombudsman gets tough on poor administration
The Pension Ombudsman has directed that a professional trustee company pay £2,000 to compensate a member for the significant distress and inconvenience caused by its maladministration in relation to a… Read more →