James Bingham

Associate Director


James has been involved in a number of high profile pensions cases including:

  • The Saga case which involved the rectification of historic errors in pension scheme documentation.
  • The Prudential case concerning the scope of the employer’s duty of good faith.
  • The rectification of a number of deeds governing one of the Citibank pension schemes by summary judgment.

In addition, James has experience of trustee applications to the High Court for directions.

Another area in which James has strong experience relates to the exercise of The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR’s) ‘moral hazard’ powers.  James’ work includes advising the trustees of the Coats Pension Plan in relation to a recent TPR investigation and the settlement of a scheme funding dispute following the takeover of EMI by private equity firm Terra Firma.

James also has significant experience of mediation in a professional negligence context and has obtained a number of successful outcomes for clients as a result of mediation.

A further element of James’ work involves responding on behalf of clients on complaints before the Pensions Ombudsman and he also advises a large number of schemes on individual member disputes.

James is ranked by Chambers UK 2018 as a lawyer to watch.

Memberships and Qualifications

Membership of professional bodies:
Association of Pension Lawyers (Full Member)

Career history

Qualified: England & Wales (2009)

Pensions experience since: 2010

Joined Sackers: 2010

Employers: Travers Smith LLP (2006-2009)

Academic history


Magdalen College, University of Oxford (2002-2005)

Degree: BA in Jurisprudence

Further Information


  • James Bingham is noted for his work on rectification, Pensions Ombudsman and moral hazard matters. One source says: “He is extremely competent, sensible and level-headed.” – Chambers UK 2018

Extracurricular interests and activities:

As a keen sportsman I will often be found playing or watching any number of sports. I also enjoy going to the gym, reading and cooking.