Ben has experience of advising employers, bulk annuity insurers and trustees on all aspects of defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes. Ben's experience includes ongoing advisory, transactional and litigious work, particularly in relation to bulk annuity transactions, benefit redesign, deficit reduction strategies and managing pension scheme liabilities in corporate restructurings. He has also advised on Pensions Regulator investigations, professional negligence claims and establishment of new pension schemes.
His recent experience includes:
- representing a bulk annuity provider on a number of buy ins and buy outs, including high value 'all risk' transactions
- the trustees of defined benefit schemes on the closure of the schemes to future accrual of benefits
- the Pension Protection Fund in its role in the High Court case relating to the Halcrow Pension Scheme (Pollock v Reed  EWHC 3685 (Ch))
- an insurance provider in the context of defending alleged professional negligence claims made against firms of solicitors it insures
- a number of corporate transactions, including an overseas purchaser of a UK business on the pensions aspects of its acquisition including participation in two defined benefit pension schemes and regulatory considerations
Ben qualified in September 2012 and joined Herbert Smith Freehills in June 2015. Ben is a graduate of the University of Sheffield and Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.