Ian Gordon Associé(e) Head of Pensions Disputes (UK)


Parle :  Anglais

Téléphone principal : +44 (0)20 3636 7871

Téléphone secondaire : +44 (0)7770 981 827

Courriel : ian.gordon@gowlingwlg.com

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Bureau principal :  London




Ian Gordon

Leading our Pensions Disputes practice, Ian has considerable experience helping clients to resolve issues involving occupational pension schemes.

Ian takes time to understand clients' concerns, goals and priorities. With clear explanation and analysis, he brings his experience to bear to devise and lead strategies for meeting clients' objectives. Ian makes what can be complex issues accessible in order to resolve issues and pensions disputes as speedily and as cost-effectively as possible. Where their interests are directly affected, he deals with scheme members with appropriate sensitivity.

He has experience of a wide variety of pensions disputes. Clients value the insights he brings to cases so that problems are resolved in not only their technical but also their commercial context. He also has considerable experience advising clients on steps they might take to avoid issues and uncertainties arising in the first place.

Where unavoidable, Ian's work has involved bringing proceedings in the High Court, including applications to rectify the rules of pension schemes, claims asking the Court to rule on the meaning and effect of provisions in pension schemes, as well as (where necessary) advising on professional negligence claims (claimant and defendant).

Most of Ian's clients are trustees or employers of occupational pension schemes, although he also has considerable experience of advising members of schemes where their interests are affected.

Ian has advised on the pension schemes of a number of household names, including Britvic, Axminster Carpets and Mitchells & Butlers.

Client have praised Ian for:

  • his "formidable and acute command of the legal arguments and how to play them";
  • providing "outstanding advice and service … throughout the many twists and turns in the case";
  • his "clear, pragmatic and robust approach";
  • "always [getting] straight to the heart of the matter, with insight, crisp delivery and periodic flashes of keen wit";
  • being "approachable, readily contactable and [dealing] with matters with calmness, impressive efficiency and speed."

Ian is ranked in Band 2 by Chambers & Partners for his "excellent industry knowledge" and for providing "good-quality, pragmatic advice".

Testimonials for Legal 500 say "Ian Gordon always gives in-depth analysis and can explain the big picture issues to trustees. Able to give a practical way forward and is an excellent support when handling delicate issues."

Experience

Ian's experience includes:

  • Acting for the Trustee of the Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plan and the 22,000 members it represented in High Court proceedings in which the court rectified the pension increase rules in that scheme.
  • Acting for the Trustee of the Axminster Carpets Group Retirement Benefits Plan in what is the leading case concerning forfeiture, limitation and interest in a pensions context.
  • Acting for the Trustee of the Britvic Pension Plan in the Court of Appeal case on the interpretation of that scheme's pension increase rules.
  • Acting on the successful appeal to the High Court from the Pensions Ombudsman's determination in the Butterworth case.
  • Acting for members in various cases in which employers sought rectification of the schemes' rules, all of which were resolved by summary judgment, one by expedition to enable a corporate transaction to go ahead.