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Jonathan Hilliard QC

Call: 2003    QC: 2016

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According to The Legal 500 2019, Jonathan is “a true star that is rising at a meteoric rate”. Jonathan advises regularly on pensions restructuring, other corporate pensions issues, moral hazard concerns, RPI and CPI issues and other similar points. He regularly acts in rectification claims and in the compromises of complex pensions disputes.

Over the last few years, his reported cases have included the following:

  • Box Clever [2011 – date] CA, UT and DP unled against Michael Furness QC and Lord Pannick QC; final UT hearing listed for early 2018.
    Pensions liberation fraud case- listed for 2 ½ weeks in autumn 2017.
  • Wedgwood v Salt [2017]- 5 day hearing on whether a rights proviso protects future service rights and consequential issues; judgment awaited.
  • IBM [2017]- acted successfully for IBM in its appeal over the validity of closing its pension schemes to future accrual.
    Silentnight [2016-]- acted successfully for the trustee in resisting a judicial review application (decided early 2017) and acts for them in the regulatory investigation.
  • British Airways – listed for 6 week trial in autumn 2016.
  • Box Clever [2011 – date] CA, UT and DP unled against Michael Furness QC and Lord Pannick QC; final UT hearing listed for early 2018.
  • Pensions liberation fraud case- listed for 2 ½ weeks in autumn 2017.
  • Pollock v Reed (2016)- acted for tPR in a series of hearings over a pension restructuring.
  • MNRPF (2014/5)- acted for Stena Line in dispute over broadening the pool of contributing employers, culminating in a 20 day final hearing.
  • Becker v Fellowes v tPR [2013] Acted unled against commercial silk and junior in relation to a number of pension liberations issue.
  • Bestrustees v Singer & Friedlander [2013]- calculation of s.75 debt.
  • Pi Consulting v tPR and Dalriada v tPR [2013] Acted in a number of hearings concerning pensions liberation, in cases where a number of QCs and senior juniors involved for other parties.
  • MNRPF (2010) First instance and CA in 2010/11 proceedings.
  • BT Pension Scheme Trustees [2010](first instance, CA, including a number of unled hearings).
  • FSS Pension Scheme [2014] Crown Guarantee issues; led by Tim Kerr QC and dealt orally with the technical pension points.
  • Storm Funding [2013] First instance and CA; appeal listed for 10.2014.
  • Lehman FSD [2010] DP and UT; final hearing listed for 2.2015.
  • Nortel & Lehman v tPR insolvency proceedings [2010-2013] first instance, CA and SC)
  • Nortel v tPR [2012] (s.72 PA 2004 dispute.
  • Pilots National Pension Fund [2009-2014].
  • ITS v Hope [2010].
  • ITS v GP Noble [2009-2013].
  • Sea Containers v Gellately [2011].
  • Low v Bonar [2011].
  • Bridge Trustees v Yates [2010-2011]; CA, SC.
  • Bonas CN [2010].
  • Nortel FSD [2010].