Ian Gordon

Leading our Pensions Disputes practice, Ian helps clients to resolve issues involving occupational pension schemes.

With clear explanation and analysis, he makes what can be complex issues accessible for all concerned in order to resolve cases 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 pension disputes and clients value the insights he can bring to their cases so that problems are resolved in not only their technical but also their commercial context.

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

Client have praised Ian for:

  • his "formidable and acute command of the legal arguments and how to play them";
  • 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 currently acts for the Trustee of the Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plan seeking rectification of the power to change the rate at which pensions are increased.
  • Ian acts for the Trustee of the Axminster Carpets Group Retirement Benefits Plan in proceedings seeking the Court's ruling on various issues arising from the Plan's rules and relevant pensions legislation.
  • Ian is acting for a major IT and business outsourcing company in sets of proceedings concerning the rules of its defined benefit pension scheme.
  • Ian acted on the successful appeal to the High Court from the Pensions Ombudsman's determination in the Butterworth case.
  • Ian acted for members in separate proceedings involving the pensions schemes of Austin Reed and Industrial Acoustics Company Limited, both of which were resolved by summary judgment, the latter of which by expedition to enable a corporate transaction to go ahead.