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Isabel Nurse-Marsh

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Isabel is head of pensions litigation at Pinsent Masons. A solicitor-advocate, she is widely recognised as a leading pensions litigator, including by the legal directories. Isabel's work includes employer funding disputes, bringing and defending negligence claims against professional advisors, scheme wind-ups, regulatory disputes involving the pensions regulator, the construction and rectification of scheme documentation and Pension Ombudsman complaints. She has been involved in numerous pension cases including the Maxwell litigation, the National Power House of Lords case, BESTrustees v Stuart, Bradstock, KPMG v Aon, British Vita and Nortel. Isabel's clients include independent trustees, employers, professional advisors, industry bodies and insurers. She is the secretary of the pensions litigation committee of the association of pensions lawyers. Isabel is a registered mediator and strongly favours alternative ways of resolving disputes. She regularly negotiates commercial settlements and aims to defuse disputes early on.


Lincoln College, Oxford (MA Law).

London: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Isabel Nurse-Marsh - Pinsent Masons LLP

Within: Pensions

Pinsent Masons LLP’s β€˜very experienced’ pensions team is β€˜at the top of its game’ and β€˜undoubtedly a contentious pensions specialist’. β€˜Well-respected’ practice head Carolyn Saunders has been leading advice to an outsourcing company on various complex arrangements concerning a scheme with assets valued at more than Β£1bn. The β€˜outstanding’ Isabel Nurse-Marsh heads the litigation team, which includes the β€˜singularly good’ Ben Fairhead. Fairhead and Tom Barton acted for Royal London in the landmark High Court case Hughes v The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited, which concerned pension liberation scams. Clients also recommend the β€˜excellent’ Raj Sharma, the β€˜time-conscious’ Alastair Meeks, and β€˜excellent technical pensions lawyer’ Stephen Scholefield. At the senior associate level, β€˜tenacious litigator’ Hayley Goldstone is recommended along with Charlotte Scholes.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Pinsent Masons LLP’s β€˜highly skilled team’ has β€˜considerable strength-in-depth’, β€˜a client-focused approach’, and is β€˜commercially astute’. It acts for insureds and insurer clients as defendants and claimants, and its expertise spans financial services, pensions, legal, construction, technology and tax disputes. Nick Bradley and Jason Collins jointly head the team. Stuart McNeill handles financial services matters and represented Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) in purusing a valuation claim against the German banking group, DZ Bank and a high-value negligence claim against its collateral manager, Bank of New York Mellon. Zurich, Argo International, Ulster Bank, Inter Hannover, Chubb and RSA are also clients. Pensions litigation head Isabel Nurse-Marsh is β€˜tenacious, hardworking, and goes to great lengths to get the best for her clients’ and Colin Read has β€˜vast knowledge and experience of the engineering and construction sectors’. Recently promoted partner Ian Birdsey combines a β€˜sensible commercial approach with a keen eye for detail’ and handles TMT and cyber matters, and Neal Morris heads the construction advisory and disputes team. Jim Cormack and Jonathan Fortnam are also recommended. Legal director Michael Fletcher is β€˜sharp’ and has broad expertise, and fellow legal director Chamika Hand is experienced in D&O liability.

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