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Mark Catchpole

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Stephenson Harwood

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Employment and pensions.

Position

Mark has specialised in pensions law for over 25 years. This experience means that he has encountered most questions that arise in the pensions field. It also means that he can communicate the issues clearly and provide solutions that work.

Mark joined Stephenson Harwood in 2002 and has grown the pensions practice to one of the largest in London, heading a team of 10 specialist pension professionals.

He advises both trustee boards and sponsoring employers on all aspects of pension law. In either case, he helps clients achieve their objectives in a pragmatic and cost effective way.

Mark has participated in the SORP1 working party, the Society of Pension Consultants legislative sub-committee and the Association of Pension Lawyers Main Committee. He is currently on the editorial board for Lexis PSL Pensions and is a contributor to webinars on current pension issues.

Mark is an accredited CEDR mediator.


London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Stephenson Harwood excels across employment law with clients praising its 'excellent strength in High Court employment work' and its 'entrepreneurial approach to transactional work'. On the non-contentious side, the team advised Charles Stanley Group on the employment elements of the disposal of its SIPP and SSAS pension administration business to Embark Group, and assisted Trenitalia c2c with its acquisition of the city to coast UK passenger franchise from National Express including related TUPE issues. The group's recent litigation expertise includes defending an AIM listed financial services company in an unfair dismissal claim and acting for 23 claimants in proceedings against a former employer regarding failures to honour contractual obligations. Mark Catchpole leads the team, which fields 'steely adversary' Kate Brearley, the 'highly professional' Anne Pritam, Paul Reeves, who is 'one of the most experienced employment practitioners around'; and the 'unrelenting' Purvis Ghani, who is 'fierce and tireless in the pursuit of his client's interests'.

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Pensions

Within: Pensions

Stephenson Harwood 'has an excellent reputation in the pensions litigation market' with team co-head and 'tremendous litigator' Helena Berman, the 'first-rate and strategically brilliant' Jenny McKeown and the 'brilliant' co-head Philip Goodchild making the group 'a first choice for clients'. Recent mandates include representing the representative beneficiary of the BT Pension Scheme in proceedings opposing the BT's application to change the scheme's price index, acting for Honda Motor Europe and Honda of the UK Manufacturing in rectification claims, and representing the trustees of the Barnardo's Staff Pension Scheme in the Supreme Court in a claim relating to indexing issues. The non-contentious group is led by the 'knowledgeable and experienced' Mark Catchpole; he advised Bic Pension Scheme on issues relating to benefits payable to different member classes and assisted the Bank of Montreal with the introduction of new arrangements. Clients also single out senior associate Naeem Noor, who 'always delivers'.

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