Overview

Chris advises pension trustees and companies on all pensions legal issues.

His work includes various large projects (bulk transfers, corporate restructuring, valuation negotiations, benefit design changes, liability management and buy-ins/outs) and he has particular expertise in regulatory matters. He has significant experience of advising on anti-avoidance cases.

Chris also supports trustees with "business as usual" matters e.g. member and documentation queries. He enjoys delivering training and is a regular public speaker, including at the firm’s flagship 'Hot Topics' pensions seminars and at events held by others.

Chris joined Burges Salmon as a trainee in 2009 and is a full member of the Association of Pension Lawyers. 

Experience
  • Advising trustees on a high-profile moral hazard investigation which resulted in a substantial settlement improving the scheme's covenant (cash and parent company guarantee).
  • Advising trustees and sponsors on multiple scheme closure projects including on the final salary link. 
  • Advising a high-profile trustee client on a scheme merger that has created a c£2bn scheme. 
  • Advising a national charity on valuation negotiations involving an innovative conditional funding solution for a £500m+ scheme. 
  • Advising trustees of smaller schemes (e.g. approx. £10m - £25m in size) on pragmatic approaches to mitigate funding and covenant issues.

What others say...

Chris has shown an interest in our organisation which has given us confidence in the advice he has given; that it hasn’t been one size fits all but that we have had a shared responsibility to achieve our goals. Chris has helped me navigate the pitfalls with confidence.  
High-profile client in not-for-profit sector