Peter Ford is a pensions lawyer based in London. He is head of our pensions department, and is experienced in all aspects of pensions including corporate transactions, public sector outsourcing arrangements (including PFI and PPP contracts), scheme mergers and reorganisations, scheme winding-up, investment and custody and pensions litigation.
Peter has previously been a director of two trustee companies and has recently been re-elected as a member of the Main Committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers. He previously chaired the APL Education Sub-Committee. Peter was the lead legal adviser to the Government sponsored Pickering Review into the simplification of private pensions and is a member of a number of pensions organisations.
Peter is recognised as an ‘excellent analyser and communicator’ and ‘a heavyweight in the field’ who ‘finds solutions rather than problems’ by Legal 500 UK 2013. He is noted “as a strong and dynamic performer” in Chambers UK 2010 .
Peter qualified as a solicitor in April 1988 and became a partner in the pensions department of another leading practice in 1993.
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May 19, 2017
On May 15, 2017, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its latest annual funding statement, together with a summary, in which it outlines a more proactive approach to ensuring defined benefits (DB) scheme members receive their benefit entitlements. The statement is aimed primarily at DB schemes undertaking valuations with effective dates in the period September 22, 2016, to September 21, 2017, but it is relevant to all schemes providing DB benefits. The statement sets out TPR's expectations of trustees, drawing on its guidance and policy documents, and recommending actions for all DB schemes, but with a particular focus on "stressed schemes". TPR indicates a more prescriptive approach to the valuation process, emphasising the need for schemes to take appropriate advice and engage as soon as possible with TPR..
May 19, 2017
Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright has been appointed to the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF) newly-launched Assessment Period Legal Panel..
April 01, 2014
Peter Ford and Catriona Stephen have written an article which looks at the confusion surrounding the pension rights of civil partners..
June 21, 2013