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Court of AppealTuesday 23 July 2013

Government Actuary’s Department v The Pensions Ombudsman

Jonathan Evans successfully defended a challenge to the jurisdiction of the Pensions Ombudsman in the Court of Appeal. The appeal concerned the Ombudsman’s ability to determine complaints made against the Government Actuary’s Department and related to the Firefighters Pension Scheme.

GAD argued that it was not within the scope of the Ombudsman’s powers. The challenge having failed at first instance and on appeal, the way is now clear for the Ombudsman to investigate the merits of the many hundreds of complaints against GAD.

Jonathan Evans has a broad commercial chancery practice, with a particular specialism in pensions.

He undertakes litigation and advisory work.  His pensions practice covers all aspects of occupational and personal pension schemes and associated professional negligence.

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