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A substantial part of Ben’s practice relates to pensions work and associated professional negligence.
Ben has been recommended in Chambers and Partners since 2013 in the pensions field. The 2020 edition states “he is absolutely excellent and has a great manner with clients. He is good on detail but also has very good client-handling and court skills.”
The Legal 500 2020 pensions category describes Ben as an “extremely bright and hardworking junior with great presence beyond his call”.
Notable instructions include:
- Successfully acting for the Trustee in the Box Clever litigation, the first substantive determination by the Upper Tribunal to issue a Financial Support Direction (Granada UK Rental and Retail Ltd v Pensions Regulator  UKUT 164 (TCC)).
- Acting for the Representative Beneficiaries of the Scheme in IBM United Kingdom Holdings Limited v Dalgleish  EWHC 980 (Ch) and in the Court of Appeal  Pens LR 1 (led by Michael Tennet QC, John Cavanagh QC and Nicholas Stallworthy QC). A substantial claim (and 10 day appeal) concerning an employer’s duties of good faith in deciding to cease accrual of defined benefit UK schemes and to withdraw early retirement rights.
- Acting unled for Trustees in a complex failed equalisation case.
- Acting for representative beneficiaries in a failed equalisation and rectification case.
- Acting for the trustee in successful proceedings for a Financial Support Direction in Re Nortel Networks (led by Michael Tennet QC).
- Acting for an IFA in a claim brought against him by an ex-professional footballer, for allegedly failing to preserve his favourable retirement age.
- Acting for solicitors in defending a claim brought against them for their alleged failure to equalise a pension scheme effectively.
- Ben has also acted in claims concerning s 75 debts, scheme administrators’ negligence, and complaints to the ombudsman relating to maladministration by pension scheme trustees and administrators.