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  1. Pensions - Leading sets
  2. Leading Silks
  3. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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Leading Juniors

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    • Sebastian Allen - Wilberforce ChambersHighly intelligent, articulate and always very precise in his thinking and drafting.
    • Emily Campbell - Wilberforce ChambersVery organised, highly intelligent, strategically sound and very accessible.
    • Fraser Campbell - Blackstone Chambers BarristersHe has a knack of breaking down complex problems in an understandable and logical way.
    • Elizabeth Ovey - Radcliffe ChambersHugely experienced pension barrister with a razor sharp intellect who picks matters up very quickly, and is thoroughly dependable when matters have to be turned round promptly.
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Considered the 'pre-eminent set for pensions' by its clients, Wilberforce Chambers ‘is unrivalled in the area of pensions', has 'unparalleled strength-in-depth' and is 'full of iron brains'. In one standout instruction, Brian Green QC acted for the trustees of the BT Pension Scheme  on several issues affecting the pensions of 24,000 members and £2bn liabilities. Meanwhile, in the Court of Appeal, Michael Tennet QC was successful for British Airways in a claim that is considered important in clarifying the roles and responsibilities of trustees. Also of note, Michael Furness QC represents ITV In a case regarding the Box Clever Pension Scheme, which consider's the television network's liabilities for the scheme's deficit.

Outer Temple Chambers increasingly 'offers a competitive' alternative to Wilberforce Chambers, according to its clients, and is rated very highly for pensions litigation in particular. Andrew Spink QC and other members of chambers are involved in the Project Waltz proceedings (IBM UK Ltd & IBM Holdings Ltd v Dalgleish & Others), while Nicolas Stallworthy QC is acting for the trustees of the Barnado's Pension Scheme in the Supreme Court. Andrew Short QC is engaged in the important test case of Lloyds Banking Group Pension Trustees v Lloyds Bank Plc & Others with industry-wide implications which include a multitude of issues arising out of the equalisation of GMPs.

Radcliffe Chambers' workload 'features in an ever-increasing number of the high profile pensions cases'. Recent case highlights include top-tier silk Keith Rowley QC acting for the banks in the landmark GMP equalisation case of Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees Ltd v Lloyds Bank plc & others. He also represented the respondent trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme in British Airways plc v Airways Pension Scheme Trustee Limited with up-and-coming junior Henry Day.

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  • Companies should plan now to minimise their pension protection levy

    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
    - Stephenson Harwood

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