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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”

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

Legal 500

“knows pensions law backwards”

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“fizzes with ideas and is excellent to work with”

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

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“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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26 May 2020
CMS Pen­sions Law­Cast
14 August 2020
Trust­ee Know­ledge Up­date – Au­gust 2020
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...
05/06/2014
Gov­ern­ment pro­pos­als on DC gov­ernance and charge cap­ping
10 July 2020
Pen­sions Om­buds­man Up­date – Ju­ly 2020
Wel­come to the latest reg­u­lar 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,...
18 June 2020
Green light for DB con­sol­id­a­tion
The Pen­sions Reg­u­lat­or (“TPR”) has this morn­ing pub­lished in­ter­im guid­ance on the stand­ards it ex­pects from Defined Be­ne­fit con­sol­id­a­tion vehicles. This guid­ance is ex­pec­ted to open the door for schemes...
14 May 2020
Trust­ee Know­ledge Up­date – May 2020
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...
03 March 2020
DB fund­ing code con­sulta­tion
Today the Pen­sions Reg­u­lat­or (“TPR”) has pub­lished its first con­sulta­tion on a new fund­ing code for defined be­ne­fit pen­sion schemes. This seeks views on the gen­er­al ap­proach and prin­ciples. TPR ex­pects...
20 February 2020
RPI Re­form: should you be tak­ing ac­tion?
On Budget Day, cur­rently 11 March 2020, the Gov­ern­ment is ex­pec­ted to start a con­sulta­tion on chan­ging how the Re­tail Prices In­dex (RPI) is cal­cu­lated. The changes could lead to a trans­fer in value from...
13 February 2020
Trust­ee Know­ledge Up­date – Feb­ru­ary 2020
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...
15 January 2020
Pen­sions Om­buds­man Up­date – Janu­ary 2020
Wel­come to the latest reg­u­lar 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,...
13 January 2020
The Bill is back
The Pen­sion Schemes Bill prom­ised in the Queen’s Speech has been in­tro­duced in­to Par­lia­ment. At nearly 200 pages the Bill is com­pre­hens­ive, wide-ran­ging and ticks many of the boxes on the Pen­sions Reg­u­lat­or’s...
19 December 2019
Pen­sions on in­solv­ency: CJEU sug­gests “poverty line” test in the Bauer...
The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has held once again that the In­solv­ency Dir­ect­ive does not re­quire mem­ber states to put meas­ures in place to fully fund lost pen­sion rights on the in­solv­ency of an...