Telephone: 0113 204 5731
Areas of practice:
Raymond has extensive experience of occupational pension schemes, including:
- Drafting complex scheme changes including mergers and benefit design changes;
- Assisting on trustee issues from scheme funding issues to member nominated trustee issues;
- Offering support on litigious matters and disputes;
- Issues concerned with sex equalisation of retirement ages in pension schemes;
- Advising on scheme wind-ups.
He acted for the trustees of the TWIL Group Pension Fund in the High Court case "Betafence Limited v Veys and Others" regarding sex equalisation, amendments, severability and the rules in Hastings-Bass. In addition, Raymond provided advice in connection with the High Court case "Sovereign Trustees Limited v Glover" regarding a faulty conversion from defined benefits to defined contribution provisions.
Recent experience includes:
- Advising on corporate re-structuring including 'moral hazard' issues connected with the Pensions Regulator's ability to levy contribution notices and financial support directions on parties.
- Acting as a trustee of a number of occupational pension schemes.
"Everything you'd want in a trustee-side lawyer" (Chambers & Partners)
Sources praise his ability to be "straightforward and practical with his advice" (Chambers & Partners)
- Corporate membership of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
- Former member of the Committee of the Cheviot Trust (formerly the Law Society's Pension Fund).
- Lectured at Leeds Metropolitan University, APL, NAPF and PMI seminars.
- Contributor to Tolley's "Pensions Law" (co-author on the chapter on the pensions aspects of divorce).
- Author of "Practical Inheritance Tax Aspects of Pension Schemes".
- Contributor to "Pensions World", "Pensions Management", "Journal of Pensions Management" and "Trust Law and Practice" magazines.