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Raymond Ainscoe


Telephone: 0113 204 5731

Office: Leeds

Department: Pensions

Position: Consultant

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)

Professional memberships:

  • 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.

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