John Hamilton Partner & Head of Pensions & Benefits
“According to sources, John Hamilton provides an "excellent general service" and "sees things from all angles, not just from the legal point of view." He advises on a range of matters, including pension scheme restructurings and investments.”
“John Hamilton distils complex technical matters into clear and practical advice.”
John advises corporate and trustee clients on pensions law and is a director of North Harbour Pension Trustees Limited, the firm’s independent trustee company.
Main areas of practice
His main areas of practice include:
- Pension scheme restructuring
- Scheme investment
- Employer debt and insolvency
- Pension disputes
- Documentation work
- Director pension arrangements
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Corporate transactions
- Trustee training
John advises employers, trustees, schools and other education institutions, as well as local authorities, government departments, teaching establishments, NHS bodies and private sector employers and trustees in relation to pensions issues including the transfer of staff from the public sector.
He has significant experience in relation to buy-out and buy-ins and acted for the trustee of the UK Paper Employee Benefits Scheme in relation to its £180m buy-out of liabilities with Legal & General in 2008.
More recently, John has been working with a number of trustee clients in relation to pension disputes including the rectification of scheme documentation.
Speaker: He speaks regularly on pensions issues at both internal external conferences and workshops.
Author: John is a commentator on pension issues in pension journals and the wider press.
TPAS advisor: He has acted as a TPAS advisor since 2003.
“He is thorough, has good response times, and is able to convey a situation in plain English.”
“Is very good in delicate situations and able to find the common ground. He is very flexible, accommodating and approachable.”
The Regulator has given an insight into how it expects auto enrolment will affect employers, but it accepts this is a new area of law and we are yet to see exactly how it will run in practice.
We discuss the impact of further reductions in lifetime allowance.
A look at the Pension Regulator's view on auto enrolment and how it will affect them.
Articles by John
The dispute resolution function of The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) is to be absorbed by The Pensions Ombudsmen and will become the single point of contact for all pension dispute resolutions.
Walker v Innospec Ltd  - Same-sex marriage and inequality in pensions – Schemes must now provide survivor benefits to same-sex spouses and civil partners on the same basis as opposite sex spouses
In the recent case, the Supreme Court ruled that a pension scheme must provide benefits for a surviving spouse in a same-sex marriage on the basis that it provides benefits for the surviving spouse in an opposite sex marriage.
There have been two recent Employment Tribunal cases in which the Tribunal had to decide whether transitional provisions attached to reforms of a judicial pension scheme.
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