Michael Calvert, Partner, Employment and Pensions
I am an expert in contentious and non-contentious pensions work and have over 20 years' experience in advising employers and scheme trustees in all aspects of pensions law. I am consistently recognised in the legal directories. I have been commended for my 'excellent technical knowledge and attention to detail' (Legal 500 2013) and for my 'business-focused, common sense approach' (Chambers 2011).
I have a particular expertise in the pension implications of corporate transactions and scheme restructurings and in funding, contingent asset and employer debt mitigation structures. I put in place one of the first flexible apportionment arrangements for avoiding funding triggers when an employer leaves a scheme and have helped companies and trustees create innovative funding structures. I recently helped an employer avoid overfunding its scheme from an anticipated increase in gilt yields while delivering security of funding for the trustees.
I also advise on pensions regulator and pension protection fund issues, scheme mergers, benefit changes, windings up and disputes.
I have a particular focus on acting for representative beneficiaries in High Court litigation where my skill in explaining complex issues in straightforward language is particularly important in helping them understand the issues.
I blog on pension issues affecting the charity and not-for-profit sector.
I am a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.
Legal 500 2014 describes me as "very experienced and able pension lawyer offering structured, reliable solutions to client problems"
Chambers UK 2015 says "He is very relaxed and methodical about his approach to the different types of pensions obstacles" and that "He's very good at calmly picking through a lot of documents and latching on to the significant points. He has a real eye for detail"
I spend my spare time with my family, cycling, walking and watching Esher rugby club.