Picture of Mark Grant

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. 

more less

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

Chambers

“A ‘great pensions lawyer’”

Chambers

“a stellar reputation…a standout practitioner”

Chambers

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

Chambers

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

Chambers

“sharp incisive mind”

Chambers

“one of the top pensions litigators in the market”

Chambers

“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”

Legal 500

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.
more less

Education

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

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

more less

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)

more less

Feed

Show only
14/09/2015
Re­cent cases and Om­buds­man de­term­in­a­tions
10/08/2017
Trust­ee Know­ledge Up­date - Au­gust 2017
Trust­ees of oc­cu­pa­tion­al pen­sion schemes 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, which.
01/09/2015
Scheme Fund­ing - What the Reg­u­lat­or ex­pects
18/07/2017
Pen­sions Om­buds­man Up­date - Ju­ly 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
Shared par­ent­al leave and pen­sions
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
The Brad­bury case - a pro­gress re­port
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
End of Con­tract­ing-Out in 2016 - What should Schemes...
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
First im­pres­sions of the new Pen­sions Om­buds­man
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,.
05/06/2014
Gov­ern­ment pro­pos­als on DC gov­ernance and charge cap­ping
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.
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.
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.