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Justin McGilloway

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Wedlake Bell LLP

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Pensions and employee benefits.


Partner specialising in advising employers (UK and international), trustee boards (including offshore), pension product providers and individuals on all aspects of pensions and employee benefits law. This includes advising on pensions documentation, trustee fiduciary duties, corporate transactions, pensions regulator clearance, pension scheme reorganisations, funding negotiations, closing schemes to future accrual, winding-up schemes, pension issues on divorce, pensions taxation and pension Ombudsman disputes. Recent experience includes advising distressed ‘not for profit’ organisations on managing defined benefit liabilities and a pension separation exercise; acting for an international online gaming company on the pension aspects of its first UK corporate acquisition including pension regulator clearance and pension protection fund negotiation; advising the trustees of a FTSE 250 company’s pension scheme on liability management exercises and alternative asset investments; acting for a commercial property company on the pension aspects of a number of public/private partnership transactions involving ex-local authority employees. Also provides bespoke trustee training seminars to clients on pension issues.


Justin joined Wedlake Bell in 2010 and became a partner in 2012. He studied English law at the University of Dundee (graduating in 2000) and obtained his post-graduate qualification in Newcastle upon Tyne. He trained with KLegal (KPMG's law firm) and qualified in 2003 with McGrigors (now Pinsent Masons) specialising in all aspects of employee benefits including tax efficient bonus planning structures and share schemes including a secondment with KPMG's employment tax group. He then spent four years at Hogan Lovells where he specialised in pensions law.


Member of Association of Pension Lawyers’ Education and Seminars Committee. Director of Wedlake Bell Pension Trustees Limited.


Golf, skiing, family.

London: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Wedlake Bell LLP's 'responsive, knowledgeable and partner-driven team' provides 'an excellent service that is sensible, pragmatic and technically strong'.Ā Justin McGillowayĀ leads the department, which also countsĀ Clive WeberĀ and partnerĀ Alison HillsĀ as key names. McGilloway led advice to WNS Services on the pensions components of its outsourcing contracts with financial services companies, Weber assisted Buhler and the trustees of a single-employer final salary scheme with the implications of a principal employer being acquired, and McGilloway and Hills acted for the trustees of the Jotun Paints (Europe) Limited Pension Scheme on scheme funding and employer covenant issues. The Scandinavian Airlines System Pension and Assurance Scheme, Natixis Pension Scheme and Carlton Tower Pension Scheme are also clients.

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