Alastair Stephen Meeks
Alastair is at present focusing on pension plans requiring impact trusteeship, whether facing major litigation, corporate restructuring having a material impact on the covenant or reviewing the strategic options arising from surpluses.
Alastair had a long and successful career as a pension lawyer with Pinsent Masons, chairing the Association of Pension Lawyers from 2007-09 and for five years heading up Pinsent Masons’ pensions practice.
He advised on ITN v Pensions Ombudsman, which remains the leading case on the legal effect of scheme booklets, Clark v BET, the leading case on the calculation of pension loss in wrongful dismissal claims and on the series of cases involving the Singer & Friedlander scheme that helped to establish the methodology for calculating debts on employers on insolvency.
He also advised on a series of pension scheme buy-ins and buy-outs, including the drawing-up of project plans, negotiating with insurers, dealing with the problems that emerged from a detailed investigation of the data records and the final transfer of liabilities to insurers.
Alastair is a qualified solicitor, a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute, a past chair of the Association of Pension Lawyers, author of Tolley’s Pensions Cases and the case law editor of Tolley’s Pensions Law.