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Our Pensions Disputes practice

Our Pensions Disputes practice specialises in advising on a broad range of pension disputes and has acted on some of the most high profile pensions cases.

The practice is comprised of lawyers from our top tier pensions and litigation practices as well as a full-time disputes specialist. This wealth of expertise and experience allows us to advise on a broad range of pension-related disputes including:

  
Our Pensions Disputes team has acted for all types of pension clients, including trustees, employers, life assurance companies, financial institutions, pension professionals and representative beneficiaries. We pride ourselves on our commercial approach to potentially contentious issues and, in the vast majority of cases, can assist clients in avoiding formal dispute proceedings.
 

Some of our notable cases:

Scania v Wager [2007]

A successful rectification case brought by our clients and one of the first pensions rectification cases to be resolved by the way of summary judgment. 

Danks and others v QinetiQ Holdings [2012]

We successfully acted for QinetiQ in a case concerning the validity of a proposed switch from RPI to CPI for the purposes of pension increases and revaluation.  

Prudential Staff Pensions v The Prudential Assurance Company and others [2011]  

We acted for the successful party (Prudential) in a leading case concerning breach of the implied duty of good faith and estoppel. Apart from being a leading authority in this area, the case is also noteworthy for the in-depth research that was required into the scheme's historic documentation and discretionary practices.

Hogg Robinson v Harvey [2016]

We acted for the Trustee in this successful summary judgment application for rectification of the revaluation provisions in the scheme’s governing documentation.

 

What does the market say about us?


“Allen & Overy’s ‘first-rate’ team ‘consistently delivers well-presented and focused advice that inspires confidence in its clients’.”
Legal 500
 
“Senior Associate Jason Shaw is a well-respected pensions litigation specialist. He is praised as an ‘excellent litigator’ who is ‘very conscious and careful’.” Chambers
 
“Jason Shaw has developed a strong reputation for handling equalisation, pensions related professional negligence and Pensions Ombudsman cases. ‘He understands our internal dynamics and thinks laterally to provide more than just blanket legal advice'.” Chambers

Key people

Jason Shaw
Jason Shaw
Counsel
United Kingdom
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Maria Stimpson
Maria Stimpson
Partner
United Kingdom
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Dana Burstow
Dana Burstow
Consultant
United Kingdom
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Neil Bowden
Neil Bowden
Partner
United Kingdom
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Jane Higgins
Jane Higgins
Partner
United Kingdom
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