Christopher Stiles Partner

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2005 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

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Christopher Stiles

Christopher Stiles is a partner based primarily in Birmingham who helps clients to deal with any contentious or non-contentious legal issues that may arise in relation to their pension plans with the greatest possible ease and efficiency.

Pensions can be a challenging area for employers, with pension plans that ranging from legacy arrangements that are now closed to accrual, but are still a major liability on the balance sheet, to ongoing plans that are used to reward current employees.

Christopher takes a particular interest in innovative and complex projects including asset-backed funding arrangements, liability management exercises and buy-outs.

On the trustee side, Christopher has close ongoing relationships with his trustee clients and helps them through the legal issues they face in running their pension schemes, both the day-to-day problems and larger projects including scheme mergers and wind-ups.


  • advising various clients on asset-backed funding structures using a range of assets and innovative structures to improve the employer's cash flow while simultaneously improving the security of scheme benefits;
  • helping the trustees of a £1 billion scheme implement a comprehensive funding package with their sponsoring employer;
  • negotiating major buy-in contracts with insurance providers;
  • helping trustees to resolve disputes with scheme members including Pensions Ombudsman cases;
  • advising the trustees of schemes in wind-up to secure benefits with an insurer, terminate the schemes and achieve peace of mind from knowing that all liabilities were correctly secured;
  • helping a company to obtain a significant financial saving from the merger of its legacy pension schemes;
  • advising the trustees of a £1 billion scheme in relation to implementation of a liability-driven investment strategy.

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Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2019

    • Career
      May 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers (UK) 2020 - Pensions: Midlands - Associate to Watch
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers UK 2019 (Pensions: Midlands) - Associate to Watch
  • 2016

    • Career
      July 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, director
    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, principal associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co
  • 2009

    • Career
      Wragge & Co
  • 2005

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2002

    • Education
      The College of Law - Postgraduate Diploma in Law
  • 1999

    • Education
      Royal Holloway, University of London - MA Classics
  • 1998

    • Education
      Royal Holloway, University of London - BA Classics