Overview

Charlotte is an associate in the firm’s disputes and litigation team with extensive experience in pensions disputes and professional negligence claims.

Charlotte's experience includes acting for trustees, employers and representative beneficiaries in rectification, construction or declaratory proceedings, in which she has gained considerable trial experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal. She has also advised on commercial and contractual disputes and professional negligence claims against solicitors and actuaries.

As a full member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Charlotte has presented at external seminars and the Burges Salmon Pensions team's 'Hot Topics' seminars.

Experience
  • Acting for the representative beneficiary of the 30,000 members of an industry-wide pension scheme in declaratory proceedings brought by the Trustee (MNRPF Trustees Ltd v Stena Line & Ors [2015] EWHC 448 (Ch)).
  • Acting for the representative beneficiary in Safeway v Newton & Or [2017] EWCA Civ 1482 in what is believed to be the most valuable case on equalisation of normal retirement ages. The case has been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Advising a global investment bank on the interpretation of pension scheme documentation and related multi-million pound professional negligence claim.
  • Advising employers and trustees on pensions related professional negligence claims concerning issues, such as invalid equalisation of normal retirement ages, failing to correctly apply statutory pension increase provisions to members' benefits and invalid attempts to close schemes to accrual.
  • Advising a global supplier in the food processing industry on a series of complex contractual disputes.