John Hamilton

Contact details

07795 102041

023 8085 7089

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.

Chambers and Partners 2019

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

  • Pension scheme restructuring
  • Scheme investment
  • Employer debt and insolvency
  • Pension disputes
  • Documentation work
  • Automatic-enrolment
  • Director pension arrangements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate transactions
  • Buy-outs
  • Wind-ups
  • 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.



John joined the firm in 2006. He previously worked at asb law , where he was Head of pensions, after practising at the City offices of Squire Sanders and Eversheds.
Contact details

07795 102041

023 8085 7089

Top Tier Firms Top Ranked Uk Chambers 2018
  • Association of Pension Lawyers
  • TPAS
  • Society of Pension Consultants

Significant Experience

  • 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.

Additional Expertise

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.

John Hamilton distils complex technical matters into clear and practical advice.

Legal 500 2017

He is thorough, has good response times, and is able to convey a situation in plain English.

Chambers and Partners 2018

Is very good in delicate situations and able to find the common ground. He is very flexible, accommodating and approachable.

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015

Insights by John


9 April - John Hamilton

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...

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11 September - John Hamilton

In the recent case of Walker v Innospec Limited [2017],  the Supreme Court ruled that a pension scheme must provide benefits for a surviving spouse in a same-sex marriage on...

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