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Pensions Lectures 2019 #3

Tuesday 18 June 2019 (1.0 CPD)
6.30pm - 7.30pm followed by drinks

58VE, 58 Victoria Embankment, Temple, London EC4Y 0DS

Wilberforce Chambers invites you to our latest series of lectures by pension law practitioners on current topics of particular interest to pensions lawyers. Wilberforce has a well-established reputation in the field of pensions law, due in large part to the late Edward Nugee QC, to whose memory these lectures are dedicated. Each lecture will take place on the top floor of 58VE on Victoria Embankment and will be followed by drinks with spectacular views over London and the Thames.

Lecture 3

Lining up for landing: Lessons from the British Airways case
James Walmsley, James McCreath and Michael Ashdown

A look at the questions resolved and left unresolved by the BA litigation. The Beddoe decision this January potentially has significant consequences for pensions litigation more generally. Meanwhile, the widely reported settlement of the main litigation (subject to Court approval) means that the much anticipated Supreme Court hearing that had been scheduled for July 2019, which would have enabled the Supreme Court to give guidance on the ‘proper purposes’ doctrine in the context of pension schemes, will not be taking place. The talk will cover:

  • The Beddoe application: when can parties appeal at the scheme’s expense?
  • The substantive propositions to take from the BA case.
  • The unanswered questions the case leaves us with.

The full programme can be downloaded here. To register your interest or if you have any queries, please email