Tom McNaughton

Tom McNaughton

Associate
Baker & McKenzie Services Limited

Biography

Tom is a senior associate in the Pensions Department and joined Baker McKenzie in 2012. Tom is a member of the Association of Pensions Lawyers (APL) and sits on the APL's Education & Seminars Committee. He is a regular speaker on pensions issues both to clients and fellow advisers.

Tom is also part of Baker McKenzie's wellbeing group (BakerWellbeing).

Practice Focus

Tom advises both pension scheme trustees and their sponsoring employers in various industries, with particular experience in relation to industry-wide schemes. He covers a variety of areas including advising in relation to pension scheme mergers, de-risking exercises, corporate transactions and re-organisations, scheme benefit redesigns and restructurings (including closures to accrual and other liability management exercises). He also advises on a number of contentious matters as part of the Pensions Department's pensions disputes practice.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising the Trustee of the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund on the GBP 1.2 billion buy-out of a section of the Fund with two leading insurers and subsequent benefit changes including closure to defined benefit accrual and the establishment of an industry-wide defined contribution arrangement.
  • Advising a leading technology company on court proceedings relating to the interpretation of pension scheme indexation rules.
  • Advising on the pensions issues associated with Brexit-driven cross-border mergers.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Pension Lawyers - Member
  • Association of Pension Lawyers - Member of Education & Seminars Committee

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2009)

Education

  • BPP Law School (LPC) (2007)
  • BPP Law School (GDL) (2006)
  • University of Cambridge (M.Phil) (2005)