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Mark Grant

Partner
Head of Pensions

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

Mark Grant is a partner who heads the CMS Pensions Team. 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
26/10/2018
It’s of­fi­cial: schemes must equal­ise for the ef­fect of GMPs
The High Court has handed down an ex­tens­ive, com­plex and keenly awaited judg­ment in the Lloyds Bank­ing Group case. The Court has ruled that pen­sion be­ne­fits must be equal­ised for the ef­fect of guar­an­teed min­im­um pen­sions (GMPs) ac­crued between 17 May 1990 and.
01/09/2015
First im­pres­sions of the new Pen­sions Om­buds­man
06/09/2018
PPF com­pens­a­tion re­gime in breach of EU law
The Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (CJEU) has ruled today that the Pen­sion Pro­tec­tion Fund re­gime does not sat­is­fy European law re­quire­ments. The judg­ment is likely to have a sig­ni­fic­ant im­pact on the PPF, and could have wider knock-on ef­fects for many.
01/09/2015
Shared par­ent­al leave and pen­sions
05/07/2018
Back to ba­sics: what is the pur­pose of a pen­sion scheme?
In an im­port­ant de­cision on the scope of trust­ee powers un­der a pen­sion scheme, the ma­jor­ity of the Court of Ap­peal has today ruled that the trust­ees of BA’s Air­ways Pen­sion Scheme did not act for a prop­er pur­pose in amend­ing the Scheme rules to al­low dis­cre­tion­ary.
01/09/2015
The Brad­bury case - a pro­gress re­port
10 Oct 18
Trust­ee Train­ing 2018
08/11/2017
VAT and DB pen­sion schemes: HM­RC con­firms status QUO
HM­RC has pub­lished re­vised guid­ance for oc­cu­pa­tion­al pen­sion schemes in its VAT In­put Tax (VIT) manu­al. In a rare piece of good news for em­ploy­ers with DB pen­sion schemes, HM­RC has now agreed that cur­rent ar­range­ments for re­cov­ery of VAT on pen­sion costs can.