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Mark Grant

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

Mark Grant is a partner in the Pensions group. He joined the firm as a trainee in 1990 and specialised in pensions law since qualifying in 1992. He became a partner in 1999 and is now the Head of our Pensions Ombudsman Unit.

Mark is the author of The Pensions Ombudsman: Powers, Procedures and Decisions (Sweet & Maxwell). He was a member of the APL's Pensions Litigation Committee for 10 years and is now on the APL’s Main Committee. He chairs the Pensions Ombudsman Liaison Group.

He was assistant editor of the Occupational Pensions Law Reports and co-editor of the Journal of the International Pensions and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA) for several years and an IPEBLA Steering Committee Member. 

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“an outstanding litigator with superb judgement and vast knowledge of the sector”

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“A ‘great pensions lawyer’”

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“a stellar reputation…a standout practitioner”

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“a first-class lawyer who can make things happen”

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“recommended for his responsiveness and ability to give straightforward and well-balanced advice”

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“sharp incisive mind”

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“one of the top pensions litigators in the market”

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“he has a fountain of ideas to offer when trying to resolve contentious pensions matters”

Chambers

“Mark is described as ‘outstanding’ and as ‘highly experienced, innovative and client-friendly’”

Legal 500

“knows pensions law backwards”

Legal 500

“fizzes with ideas and is excellent to work with”

Legal 500

“he’s very experienced, imaginative, practical and commercial”

Legal 500

“unrivalled in any matter involving black-letter pensions legal knowledge and litigation strategy”

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Relevant experience

  • A wide variety of clients on all aspects of pensions law (contentious and non-contentious) and his clients include the trustees of the pension schemes of Heineken, Weetabix, Taylor Wimpey Plc and Northrop Grumman.
  • The trustees of Monarch Airlines pension scheme when entering into a Regulated Apportionment Arrangement to facilitate a rescue of the business.
  • Numerous court cases concerning pensions issues including:
    • Coloroll (1993) European Court of Justice and High Court – sex equality issues – for trustees
    • Ferranti Pension Scheme (1999) High Court – disputed pension entitlements – for trustees
    • Stone v Pensions Ombudsman (2000) High Court  – alleged investment duty breaches – for trustee
    • Moores (Wallisdown) v Pensions Ombudsman (2001) High Court – conversion of scheme from DB to DC – for scheme administrator
    • Britannic Asset Management (2002) Court of Appeal and High Court – Pensions Ombudsman’s jurisdiction – for Britannic
    • Petrochem pension scheme (2005) High Court – compromise of a deficit claim – for trustees
    • Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (2005) High Court – trustee’s unilateral amendment power and scope to pursue employers for deficit – for around 30 employers
    • Royal Mail Pensions Trustees v Gosling (2007) High Court – part-timer’s pension rights – for trustees
    • BNP Paribas scheme (2008) High Court – rectification of pension increase rule – for scheme pensioners
    • Pilots National Pension Fund (2010) – trustee’s unilateral amendment power, deficit legislation–for scheme pensioners.
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Education

1990 - Solicitors finals, University of Northumbria, Newcastle Upon Tyne

1989 – Law Degree, Hertford College, Oxford University, Oxford

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Memberships

Main Committee member, Association of Pension Lawyers (APL)

Chair of Pensions Ombudsman Liaison Group

Member and past Steering Committee member, International Pensions and Employee Benefit Lawyers Association (IPEBLA)

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14/09/2015
Recent cases and Ombudsman determinations
19/05/2017
British Airways pension trustees successful in High Court
The High Court has today ruled that the trustees of the Airways Pension Scheme (“APS”) acted properly in amending their scheme to allow discretionary pension increases to be paid to members, and in subsequently awarding increases.
01/09/2015
Scheme Funding - What the Regulator expects
11/05/2017
Trustee Knowledge Update - May 2017
Trustees of occupational pension schemes now have a statutory duty to ensure that they have an adequate knowledge and understanding of the legal issues relevant to their scheme. They must also ensure that they are up to date with relevant changes in the law,.
01/09/2015
First impressions of the new Pensions Ombudsman
25/04/2017
Pensions Ombudsman Update - April 2017
Welcome to the latest quarterly Pensions Ombudsman Update from the CMS Pensions Team. The Pensions Ombudsman resolves hundreds of cases every year which are not only important for the parties concerned but influence wider industry practice.
01/09/2015
The Bradbury case - a progress report
09/02/2017
Trustee Knowledge Update - February 2017
Trustees of occupational pension schemes now have a statutory duty to ensure that they have an adequate knowledge and understanding of the legal issues relevant to their scheme.   They must also ensure that they are up to date with relevant changes in the law,.
01/09/2015
Shared parental leave and pensions
18/01/2017
Pensions Ombudsman Update – Jan 2017
Welcome to the latest quarterly Pensions Ombudsman Update from the CMS Pensions Team. The Pensions Ombudsman resolves hundreds of cases every year which are not only important for the parties concerned but influence wider industry practice.
01/09/2015
End of Contracting-Out in 2016 - What should Schem...
16/01/2017
Trustee Training - 21 February 2017
Note:  Our next trustee training course will take place on 21 February 2017, not 17 February as previously advertised. Trustee training is essential for all occupational pension scheme trustees and forms an important part of helping trustees to comply with.
05/06/2014
Government proposals on DC governance and charge c...
10/01/2017
Trustee Training - 21 February 2017
Trustee training is essential for all occupational pension scheme trustees and forms an important part of helping trustees to comply with the trustee knowledge and understanding requirements in the Pensions Act 2004.
10/11/2016
Trustee Knowledge Update - November 2016
Trustees of occupational pension schemes now have a statutory duty to ensure that they have an adequate knowledge and understanding of the legal issues relevant to their scheme.   They must also ensure that they are up to date with relevant changes in the law,.
05/10/2016
Pensions Ombudsman Update
Welcome to the third quarterly Pensions Ombudsman Update from the CMS Pensions Team. The Pensions Ombudsman resolves hundreds of cases every year which are not only important for the parties concerned but influence wider industry practice.
19/07/2016
Pensions Ombudsman Update
Welcome to the second quarterly Pensions Ombudsman Update from the CMS Pensions Team. The Pensions Ombudsman Service resolves hundreds of cases every year which are not only important for the parties concerned but influence wider industry practice.