Mark has wide ranging experience advising on pensions and advises both employers and trustees of occupational pensions schemes. Particular areas of focus for Mark recently have included:
- Advising employers on compliance with the automatic enrolment regime.
- Advising on de-risking transactions, including medically underwritten bulk annuities and longevity hedging. His clients have included trustees, employers and insurers, so he understands the different perspectives that each party may bring to a transaction.
- Alongside our professional and commercial disputes team, advising on professional negligence claims relating to pension schemes. This has included advising on such matters as ineffective amendments to achieve "Barber" equalisation and rectification.
- Advising insurance companies on pension trustee liability insurance on policy wording and claims. He has spoken on this topic at the Association of Pensions Lawyers conference and is a member of the Occupational Pension Defence Union (OPDU) advisory panel.
- Advising on the pensions implications of corporate transactions and insolvencies
During 2005 Mark was seconded to the in-house legal team at the then newly established Pension Protection Fund, the statutory compensation body for defined benefit scheme.
Mark is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers, and is described in the Legal 500 as ‘conscientious, reliable, meticulous and approachable’. He regularly contributes to articles in the national press on pension issues and was recently Mark was quoted in The Times on auto-enrolment.