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Nicolas Stallworthy QC

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Outer Temple Chambers (Chambers of Michael Bowes QC, Christopher Gibson QC and Andrew S)


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).

London Bar


Within: Pensions – Leading silks

Nicolas Stallworthy QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe has an extremely sparky intellect and can always find the silver-bullet argument.

Within: Pensions

Outer Temple Chambershas a number of frighteningly bright barristers to call upon’ for its pensions work and often ‘bridges the gap between pensions law and wider issues’. Recent case highlights include several members acting in the Project Waltz proceedings (IBM UK and IBM Holdings v Dalgleish and others) in the Court of Appeal; Andrew Short QC acting in Safeway v Newton and another in a substantial equalisation claim; and Nicolas Stallworthy QC handling the Box Clever Pension Scheme proceedings.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Nicolas Stallworthy QC - Outer Temple ChambersExcellent with clients.

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