Andrew Ashley Taylor



Andrew has been a specialist pension practitioner for almost 30 years and is experienced in all aspects of occupational pension schemes. He has a particular focus on governance matters, all types of dispute resolution work (including representative issues), commercial activity, liability management (including buy ins and buy outs) together with a broad range of restructuring issues, dealing with the Pensions Protection Fund and the Pensions Regulator on behalf of sponsors, managers and trustees of schemes.

Andrew’s significant experience is used to support complex, cross-discipline tasks where pension matters arise, including corporate, insolvency and dispute work.

Recent highlights:

Andrew has acted for many household names during his career, assisting clients in a variety of sectors. Recent examples of his work include:

  • Acting for the Trustees of the Ingersoll Rand Holdings Limited Retirement Benefits Plan, a multi-employer pension scheme, and advising in connection with the separation of the international group’s UK business into two separately traded business streams, severing the existing plan into two. Andrew was instrumental in designing the pensions process leading to the spin out of the existing pension plan and its implementation.
  • Acting for the Trustees of the Former Registered Dock Workers Pension Fund, a non-associated multi-employer occupational pension scheme, in connection with general day-to-day matters but notably drafting and working as part of the client team in securing the £165 million buy in contract with Legal and General to secure a tranche of their pensioner liability within the Fund.
  • Acting for the Trustees of the main and executive pension arrangements sponsored by Princes Limited on day-to-day legal matters, including projects such as drawing up a flexible retirement policy, a full rewrite of the consolidating trust deeds and clarifying practical issues around, for example, pensionable pay definitions applicable to a multi-sited employer.
  • Acting for Bibby Maritime Limited in connection with its participation in the MNOPF and issues relating to the clarification of pension liabilities which arose between commercial shipping parties (ship owners, managers and operators) by virtue of their customary commercial practices within the maritime industry.
  • Acting for the Trustees of the Balfour Beatty Pension Fund on a variety of matters which included drafting multiple scheme specific apportionment arrangements as part of an internal commercial restructuring exercise.
  • Being part of a team successfully tendering as one of a handful of law firms appointed to the assessment period legal panel with the Pensions Protection Fund.
  • Acting for Electricity North West in connection with its own pension arrangements and participation in the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme, a complex industry wide scheme.

Market view:

"He has extensive experience advising employers and trustees from a diverse range of sectors including retail, manufacturing and logistics." - Chambers & Partners 2016

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