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Pensions Dispute Resolution

Linklaters' Pensions team has a market leading Pensions Dispute Resolution practice

Our Pensions Dispute Resolution team deals with the most difficult, complex and high value pension disputes in the UK. Most work we do for our clients never becomes known. We are expert at resolving and avoiding disputes. We always take the most proactive and constructive approach, avoiding going to Court if we can. However, we are always ready to fight our client’s corner.

We have been at the cutting edge of pensions cases for 35 years starting with Courage - one of the first ever pensions cases.

We are known for:
  • being the ‘go to’ firm for the most complex, challenging, high value and novel pensions disputes
  • having a market leading, full-time specialist pensions disputes resolution partner with extensive experience, dedicated to this area, who heads up the practice
  • being the most commercial, pro-active and solution driven firm - we come up with solutions to avoid ending up in Court
  • we help our clients with early and effective risk management
  • we provide an all-round, in depth service, seeing problems from all angles, within our mainstream Pensions group

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Our experience


For the trustees of the scheme in a complex case which we settled concerning the scope of amendment powers in the scheme and ill-heath early retirement benefits with implications for other schemes. The Court approved the settlement in February 2022.

British Airways

For British Airways PLC in its ground-breaking claim against the Trustees of the Airways Pension Scheme over their decision to implement discretionary pension increases above the increases provided by statute, in a scheme with a substantial deficit. We won the case before the Court of Appeal and it has since been settled with approval from the Court.

BHS pension schemes

For Taveta companies in the well-publicised regulatory proceedings brought by the Pensions Regulator against Sir Philip Green and certain group companies by way of financial support directions and a contribution notice in relation to the BHS Pension Schemes. The case was settled.

Southern Water

For Southern Water in novel regulatory proceedings brought by the Pensions Regulator to exercise its scheme funding powers. The case was settled and is the subject of a s89 report by the Regulator.

Lehman pension scheme

For the administrators of Lehman companies in regulatory proceedings brought by the Pensions Regulator for a financial support direction which proceeded to the Upper Tribunal. We successfully defended the case before the Supreme Court over whether the claim was an expense in the administrations and the claim was thereafter settled.

Nortel pension schemes

For Nortel Networks Inc in its dispute with the trustee of the Nortel UK scheme and the PPF over a financial support direction and claims made in the Ch 11 Bankruptcy. The case was settled shortly before it was due to go to trial before the US and Canadian Bankruptcy Court.
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