Nicolas Stallworthy QC > Chambers of Andrew Spink QC, Michael Bowes QC and Sarah Crowther QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Andrew Spink QC, Michael Bowes QC and Sarah Crowther QC
Outer Temple Chambers

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Barrister specializing in pensions law (particularly in relation to occupational pension schemes), commercial trusts and contracts. Acted in: IBM UK Holdings Ltd v Dalgleish; Re Storm Funding Ltd (in administration); Re the Box Clever Pension Scheme; Re: Nortel and Lehman Brothers; Industry-Wide Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme Co-ordinator Ltd v Industry-Wide Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme Trustees Ltd; Pensions Ombudsman v EMC Europe Ltd; IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd v Metcalfe; Dalriada v Faulds; Dollond v The Trustees of the BTG Pension Fund; Bridge Trustees Ltd v Yates; Capita ATL Pension Trustees Ltd v Zurkinskas; Re the Lehman Brothers Pension Scheme; the Pilots National Pension Fund litigation – PNPF Trust Co Ltd v Taylor; HR Trustees Ltd v German & IMG (UK) Ltd; Capital Cranfield Trustees Limited v Beck; Foster Wheeler Ltd v Hanley; Hearn v Dobson; Smithson v Hamilton; Alexander Forbes Trustee Services Ltd v Clarke; Re the Sea Containers 1983 Pension Scheme; Trustee Solutions Ltd v Dubery & Cripps; Steria Ltd v Hutchison; Harland & Wolff Pension Trustees Ltd v Aon Consulting Financial Services Ltd; Pinsent Curtis v Capital Cranfield Trustees Ltd; Stevens v Bell (the British Airways litigation); Hoover Ltd v Hetherington; and Bradstock Group Pension Scheme Trustees Ltd v Bradstock Group Plc. Also involved in National Grid Co Plc v Laws. His cases have concerned interpretation; rectification; the setting aside of trustees’ deeds on grounds of mistake; maladministration and breaches of trust/fiduciary duty by trustees; tracing/restitution of trust property; pension scheme funding; equalisation; the distribution of surpluses; applications for Beddoe relief; pensions mis-selling; employer debts, insolvency and the winding up of pension schemes; the Pensions Protection Fund; and complaints to, oral hearings before and appeals from the pensions ombudsman. Also undertakes general chancery work (commercial and contractual litigation) and professional negligence cases (particularly relating to solicitors, actuaries, scheme administrators, benefits consultants and financial advisers).


Called to Middle Temple October 1993. Appointed Queen’s Counsel April 2011


Association of Pension Lawyers; Chancery Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Commercial Bar Association; and Financial Services Lawyers Association.


Christ Church, Oxford (MA BCL).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Nicolas Stallworthy QCOuter Temple ChambersA huge brain and exceptionally talented. He is very passionate, creative and hardworking. A great lawyer who is very good with clients.

Outer Temple Chambers stands out for its ‘strength in depth in pensions professional indemnity work‘, frequently advising on claims against solicitors, barristers, actuaries, financial services professionals and insolvency practitioners in relation to occupational pension schemes. The set also handles claims involving financial services, wills and estates, businesses in administration and the conduct of litigation. In a recent highlight, members of chambers including Nicolas Stallworthy QC, David E Grant and Nicholas Hill were on the legal teams of three of the four parties in Briggs v Aon & others (Re Gleeds), a professional negligence case arising out of earlier proceedings relating to a pension scheme.

London Bar > Pensions

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicolas Stallworthy QCOuter Temple ChambersWithout doubt, one of the leading QCs in this field. Good in conference and in Court. To the point and commercial in his advice.

Outer Temple Chambers is consistently rated as ‘one of the top’ pensions teams. In particular, Nicolas Stallworthy QC, ‘without doubt, one of the leading QCs in this field‘, recently represented the regulator in its successful defence against ITV and four subsidiaries. In addition, Andrew Spink QC, ‘probably the best advocate at the pensions bar’,  acted for a group of Atos companies’ RPI disputes, while Andrew Short QC and Keith Bryant QC took opposing sides in Britvic v Britvic Pensions Limited and Simon Mohun (a matter concerning statutory minimum increases). Richard Hitchcock QC has substantive experience in complex Part 8 claims and is described as ‘a great strategic thinker‘.