Chirag Ghelani

Senior Associate

About

Chirag advises trustees, scheme managers and employers on a wide range of defined benefit and defined contribution pensions issues.  His recent experience includes advising on liability management exercises, amending scheme documentation to reflect changes in legislation and benefit design, negotiating third party contracts, reviewing member communications, dealing with pension liberation cases and advising on the key issues in relation to a merger. Chirag recently completed a 6 month secondment to the Risk and Litigation team at Towers Watson.

Chirag’s client teams include: Citibank (UK) Pension Fund, Nestle UK Pension Fund, Newsquest Media Group Pension Scheme, Standard Chartered Pension Fund, Direct Line Group, Reuters Pension Fund and the Telefonica Pension Plan.


Memberships and Qualifications

Membership of Professional bodies:

Association of Pension Lawyers (Full Member)

Career history

Qualified: 2009, England & Wales

Pensions experience since: 2009

Joined Sackers: 2009

Seconded to Towers Watson (Risk and Litigation): February 2015 – August 2015

Employers: Norton Rose LLP (2007-2009)


Academic history

University/College

Queen Mary, University of London (2001-2004)
Legal Practice Course, College of Law (2005)

Degree: LLB Law


Further Information

Testimonials:

I appreciated Chirag’s pro-activity, his calm demeanour and his ability to use his pensions knowledge in a practical and relevant manner.  His approach was refreshing – he didn’t blind all with marginally relevant know-how.  During his secondment, he was a very popular member of the wider team and was able to communicate effectively with everyone from junior administrators to senior executives.” – Richard Spenner, Managing Counsel – Risk and Litigation, Towers Watson.

“Chirag provides clear advice that is well thought through, focusing on what is important (to the client). Chirag is thorough in his approach and pays close attention to detail” – Philip Roberts, Citigroup Global Markets Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme.

Extracurricular interests and activities:

If I’m not playing sport or reading books about eastern philosophy and spirituality, I can be found spending time with friends and family. I am a governor at my local primary school and enjoy helping out with community projects.