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 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
- 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.
- Association of Pension Lawyers
- Society of Pension Consultants
- 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.
John Hamilton distils complex technical matters into clear and practical advice.
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.
Insights 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...Read More
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 of Walker v Innospec Limited , the Supreme Court ruled that a pension scheme must provide benefits for a surviving spouse in a same-sex marriage on...Read More