Chris Edwards-Earl Senior Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2015 - Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)

Qualified: 2012 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Areas of expertise:

Chris Edwards-Earl

Chris specialises in helping clients to resolve their disputes. For example, disputes relating to: the funding of pension schemes; the Pension Regulator's moral hazard regime; the construction and rectification of trust documents; pension claims in insolvency; breach of contract; and professional negligence claims.

Chris trained and qualified with Hogan Lovells' pensions teams where he advised employers and trustees of occupational pension schemes on a variety of contentious issues. Since joining us at Gowling WLG, Chris has continued to build and expand his disputes practice and experience, working with clients and counterparties to reach practical solutions to their issues.

Chris has particular experience working with clients who have a global presence and international concerns, particularly Canada and the US.

Chris is a qualified solicitor-advocate, having attained his Higher Rights of Audience, and is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

Recent Experience

  • Acting for a plan trustee (acting in a representative capacity) further to, amongst other things, its claims for rectification of historic deeds purporting to grant the sponsor the power to change the rate by which pensions under that plan are increased and deferred pensions revalued (ongoing).
  • Acting for a trustee client on professional negligence claims against historic advisors and claims against previous trustees (ongoing).
  • Advising several trustee and employer clients further to proposals to change rates of pension increases and/or revaluation (ongoing).
  • Acting for the Board of the PPF in an appeal from the PPF Ombudsman regarding the operation of compensation caps (CH-2016-00303).
  • Acting for the Trustee of the Thales UK Pension Scheme in Part 8 proceedings to determine what rate of indexation should be applied in that plan ([2017] EWHC 666 (Ch)).
  • Acting for the trustee of the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan & the Board of the PPF, further to:
    • Insolvency proceedings (principally in Delaware and Toronto, with related proceedings in the UK and France) regarding the allocation of the proceeds of the insolvent group's worldwide asset sales (Nortel Networks, Inc. et al, 09-10138 (KG) & Nortel Networks Corporation (Re), 2015 ONSC 2987).
    • Pursuing various claims in Toronto proceedings against the North American Nortel entities, in particular further to financial support direction and group guarantees (Re Nortel Networks Corporation et al, 2014 ONSC 6973).
    • UK Proceedings in the Upper Tribunal of the Pensions Regulator, further to financial support directions issued against 25 entities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
  • Advising a trustee client with historic faults with its scheme documentation (such as various invalid executions, appointment/removal of trustees and section 67 issues) and associated claims against historic advisors;
  • Advising a trustee client with potential issues relating to the calculation, certification and enforcement of a section 75 debt.
  • Acting for trustees further to Part 8 proceedings to obtain clarity on the proper manner of winding-up a trust with an unclear governing instrument.


Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Career
      July 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, senior associate
  • 2015

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      July 2015
      Qualified, Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)
  • 2012

    • Career
      February 2012
      Hogan Lovells, associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      February 2012
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2010

    • Career
      February 2010
      Hogan Lovells, trainee solicitor
  • 2009

    • Education
      September 2009
      BPP Law School, GDL and LPC
  • 2007

    • Education
      June 2007
      University of Edinburgh, Ancient History MA, Imke Shutte Memorial Prize for History