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Ian Pittaway

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Partner acting for a number of pension schemes and has gained extensive pensions law experience on a wide range of issues. This includes acting as an arbitrator and as an expert witness in court proceedings.

Ian is the firm’s Senior Partner but works full-time on client matters. Ian is Chairman of the firm’s independent trustee company (ITL). As independent chairman or trustee of several pension funds, he has gained a good appreciation of the issues faced by trustee boards from a client perspective. He was appointed as chair of Aegon UK’s independent governance committee in 2015. Ian is also Chairman of the Association of Professional Pension Trustees (APPT).

For the second year running, Ian has been named as one of the top 50 people in pensions by Engaged Investor.


Trower Still & Keeling (1978-1981); Nicholson Graham & Jones (1981-1996), partner 1984, created and built pensions department.  Sacker & Partners LLP (1996 to present) with the whole of his team from Nicholsons.


Association of Pension Lawyers (Full Member, former Chairman and Secretary); Association of Professional Pension Trustees (Full Member, current Chairman).


Robert Clack Comprehensive School, Dagenham; Hull University (1977 LLB).


Wine, swimming, forestry.

London: Human resources


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Ian Pittaway (non-contentious) - Sacker & Partners LLP

Within: Pensions

'First-class boutique' Sacker & Partners LLP is 'incredibly strong for all types of pensions work'. Ian Pittaway and Peter Murphy lead the non-contentious and contentious practices respectively; Mark Greenlees and defined contribution scheme expert Helen Ball are also names to note. The group's contentious work includes representing the trustees of the HSBC Bank UK Pension Scheme in multiple member complaints and acting for the trustees of the Carillion Pension Scheme in the inquiry and regulator investigation relating to anti-avoidance powers regarding the company's insolvency. Non-contentious highlights include advising the trustees of the Express Pension Scheme and the Arla Foods Pension Scheme on the scheme merger which used an asset-backed contribution structure to equalise funding levels, assisting EDS Trustee with the spin-off of the enterprise services division from Hewlett Packard Enterprises to DXC, and acting for Meredith on the pensions aspects of its $2.8bn offer for Time. The National Grid Pension Scheme, Royal Mail Pension Plan and the TfL Pension Fund are also clients. Ralph McClelland, Lucy Dunbar and Jacqui Reid all made partner in 2018.

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