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Andrew Simmonds QC

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5 Stone Buildings (Chambers of Henry Harrod)


Barrister specialising in pensions and professional negligence work, but also undertaking litigation in the trust, probate and financial services fields. Pensions experience covers advice and litigation relating to all manner of problems and disputes arising between trustees, employers and members, complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman, the powers and duties of the Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund and claims against pensions professionals. In the professional negligence field he has particular experience of claims against solicitors, barristers, actuaries and accountants but has also acted in claims against insurance brokers, fund managers, stockbrokers and others. He represented the Conservative Party in a major probate action (Re Kostic), defended Equitable Life in a class action launched by 400 policy holders, and acted in the first inheritance claim based on proprietary estoppel to reach the House of Lords (Thorner v Majors). Reported cases include: IBM UK Holdings Ltd and another v Dalgleish and others [2014] PLR 335; Secretary of State for Culture v BT Pension Scheme Trustees/ BT [2014] PLR 647; Honda Motor Europe Ltd v Powell [2014] PLR 255; IBM UK Pension Trust v IBM UK Holdings Ltd [2012] PLR 469; Trustees of the Lehman Brothers Pension Scheme v Pensions Regulator [2012] PLR 435; Premier Foods v RHM Pension Trust [2012] PLR 151; Bridge Trustees v Yates [2011] PLR 313; Prudential Staff Pensions Ltd v Prudential Assurance [2011] PLR 239; BT Pensions Sch. Trustees v BT/Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills [2010]; Independent Trustee Service Ltd v Hope [2009] PLR 379; Foster Wheeler Ltd v Hanley [2009] PLR 39; Thorner v Majors [2009] 1 WLR 776; Eastearly Ltd v Headway plc [2009] PLR 279; Allied Domecq (Holdings) Ltd v Allied Domecq First Pension Trust Ltd [2008] PLR1; [2008] PLR 425; Re Kostic [2008] WTLR 655; Hodgson v Toray Textiles (No 2) [2007] PLR 129 Hodgson v Toray Textiles Europe [2006] PLR 253; L v M Ltd [2007] PLR 11; Capital Cranfield Trustees v Walsh [2005] PLR 251; MNOPF Trustees v FT Everard [2005] PLR 225; Re T&N: Alexander Forbes v Jackson [2005] PLR 33.


Called 1980, Middle Temple; QC 1999. Sits as Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division. Publications of note: ‘Trust Law International’ Vol 14 no4, 2000 (overpayments to pension scheme beneficiaries: remedies and defences); ‘Trust Law International’ vol 21, 2007 (the Pension Protection Fund 18 months on).


Association of Pension Lawyers (former member of the Legislative and Parliamentary sub-committee); Pension Litigation Court Users Committee (chaired by Warren J); Professional Negligence Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association; also served six years as a trustee of the Bar Council Pension Scheme.


Sevenoaks School, Kent; St John’s College, Cambridge (1979 BA; 1982 MA).

London Bar


Within: Pensions – Leading silks

Andrew Simmonds QC - 5 Stone Buildings ‘He is one of the best QCs in pensions law with an analytical and commercial approach.’

Within: Pensions

Andrew Simmonds QC is a key member of ‘excellent set’ 5 Stone Buildings; his recent work includes continuing to act for the representative members in Barnardo’s v Buckinghamshire and others and acting as lead counsel for IBM in the Court of Appeal in IBM UK and IBM Holdings v Dalgleish and others.

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