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Ivan has specialised, for over 20 years, in pensions disputes and other complex professional liability and financial services disputes. He is highly regarded for his analytical and clear advice, and for his strategically astute approach to resolving complex litigation.
Ivan has specialised, for over 20 years, in pensions disputes and other complex professional liability disputes, such as those arising in the financial services and tax contexts.
He has acted in relation to numerous proceedings involving pension scheme remediation and/or professional liability claims. He is a full member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.
Recognition in the Legal 500 includes the following:
“Ivan Wilkinson has excellent analytical skills with a strong understanding of pensions litigation.” (2021)
“Ivan Wilkinson is an excellent lawyer (technically) but also a really far-sighted thinker (strategically) and great to work with. Meticulous in thinking through all the angles, so that you’re never out-flanked.” (2021)
“Ivan Wilkinson is a terrific lawyer. He combines great technical knowledge with an unrivalled analytical ability. He masters the detail, the big picture and the tactical issues. He is a joy to work with.” (2021)
He was educated at Oxford University, where he obtained a first class degree, and the College of Law. He qualified at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he worked for a number of years as a member of the banking and financial services group.
Over the years he has contributed to many specialist journals and spoken regularly on professional liability, financial services and pensions issues.
High Court proceedings: Gleeds Pension Scheme - Acting for defendant firm in negligence proceedings relating to the conduct, and resolution by way of compromise scheme, of the Briggs v Gleeds (Part 8) proceedings. Reported, on interlocutory basis, as Briggs v Clay  at EWHC 102 (Ch).
Construction and rectification issues: High Court - Advising in relation to various current/recent construction and rectification applications in the High Court and associated negligence claims against Scheme advisers.
Scheme segregation - Advising in relation to issues regarding Scheme segregation, under the Occupational Pension Schemes (Employer Debt) Regulations 2005, including associated Part 8 (remedial) and Part 7 (negligence) claims.
Ivan has also had extensive experience of claims against accountancy firms, including acting as lead associate for the defendant in Equitable Life Assurance Company v Ernst & Young (Commercial Court 2005), the defence team winning each of the 2005 “Legal Week”, “Legal Business” and “The Lawyer” Litigation Team of the Year awards.
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