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JONATHAN HILLIARD QC

Call: 2003    QC: 2016

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Pensions

According to The Legal 500 2019, Jonathan is “a true star that is rising at a meteoric rate”, and Chambers and Partners states that he is “widely regarded as the go-to barrister for technical pensions issues”. 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 cases have involved the following:

  • Dealing with the pensions elements arising in a number of significant and high profile corporate transactions.
  • Dealing with a number of very substantial benefit validity cases (2020- ongoing).
  • Dealing with very significant s.75 issues and disputes (2019- ongoing).
  • Dealing with a number of important regulatory matters (2020- ongoing).
  • Defending an extremely large professional negligence claim in relation to alleged defects in scheme documentation (2020- ongoing).
  • British Airways (2018-2020)- acted successfully in Beddoe and compromise hearings, following involvement in the main litigation for many years.
  • BT judicial review litigation (2018-2019)- acted at first instance and in the Court of Appeal for the trustee in relation to the judicial review of HMT’s decision relating to the indexation of GMPs following the change to the new state pension.
  • Box Clever [2011 – 2018] acted for the scheme trustee in this long running litigation.
  • Pensions Regulator v PAYAE & others (2018) – successfully acted for tPR in landmark pensions liberation fraud case.
  • Wedgwood v Salt [2017]- 5 day hearing on whether a rights proviso protects future service rights and consequential issues.
  • IBM [2017]- acted successfully for IBM in its appeal over the validity of closing its pension schemes to future accrual.
  • Silentnight [2016-]- acted for the trustee.