Tom advises both employers and trustees, with a particular focus on transactions and other projects affecting pension schemes. He has extensive experience of advising on the pensions-related aspects of corporate transactions and has a special interest in the management of section 75 liabilities. This extends to insolvency and restructuring work, where recent high-profile projects include advising the trustees of various schemes within the Carillion Group, and advising in relation to the solvent restructuring of Halcrow’s pension liabilities.
He also advises on a wide range of finance and investment matters, including buy-ins, buy-outs, longevity transactions, escrow accounts, asset-backed contribution structures, guarantees and other security arrangements.
Memberships and Qualifications
Membership of professional bodies:
Association of Pension Lawyers (Full Member)
PLSA Defined Benefit Reference Group
Qualified: 2008, England & Wales
Pensions experience: 2007
Joined Sackers: 2010
Joined partnership/LLP: 2019
Employers: Slaughter and May (2006-2010)
Trinity College, Cambridge University (2001-2004)
BPP (London) Law School (2005-2006)
Degree: MA (Hons) Law
Legal Practice Course
Extracurricular interests and activities:
Outside work, my wife and I try to keep pace with our two young children and self-important cat. I was a choral scholar at university and continue to be involved in a wide range of music. I also enjoy watching or playing almost any sport and can often be found shouting at people in my capacity as a qualified rugby referee.