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Pension disputes

Pension law and pension schemes can be very complex and challenging as new regulations force businesses to comply and adjust.

We adopt a proactive approach at Spencer Churchill to identify and resolve potential pension issues early on to save your business financial and reputational damage.

Read on to find out more about how we can help you resolve pension disputes for your business, or contact us today to get bespoke and tailored advice.

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What is a pension dispute?

Pension disputes often arise from disagreements and claims around pension restructuring, changing regulations, pension transfer and compliance.

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Our areas of expertise in pension law and pension disputes

We can support your business and your pension obligations to help avoid costly pension disputes in the future.

Our areas of expertise in pension law includes:

Our Extertise

Member disputes and complaints

Defending negligence claims for trustees

Financial Ombudsman Service complaints

HMRC challenges

Public sector pension scheme claims

Financial Conduct Authority complaints

Claims against professional advisers

Alternative dispute resolution for pensions

Proactive risk management

And much more

Our approach to pension disputes

There are a number of different ways to resolve disputes in the construction industry.

Alternative dispute resolution

Often seen as the ideal solution to disputes, alternative dispute resolution methods aim to resolve disputes before they go to court.

This can save time and money, while also being confidential to avoid potential reputational damage to the parties involved.


Mediation is best deployed in the infancy of a dispute. It involves both parties involved to elicit the support of a third, impartial party to help outline settlement options.

Mediation can be very time effective and resolve disputes before they need to go to court. However, the agreement of the settlement still ultimately lies with the two disputing parties, so there is no guarantee that mediation will resolve the dispute.

To find out more about mediation and whether it’s the right approach for you, you can contact us here for more information.


Adjudication involves an expert within a specific sector’s field considering the cases put forward by both parties before proposing a resolution.

A major benefit of adjudication is that it can help resolve disputes swiftly as a decision must be made within 28 days of an appeal.

An adjudicators decisions/proposal is binding unless contested by one, or both, of the parties involved. If contested, the dispute will likely go to arbitration or, in worst cases, litigation and court proceedings.


Through arbitration, disputes are formally resolved by a private tribunal.

Some contracts have an arbitration clause which means that any dispute needs to be referred to arbitration as opposed to courts.

The arbitrator will then review the cases and evidence put forward by both parties, which includes witness statements, reports, hearings and disclosure of documents, before reaching a final decision.

Some of the advantages of arbitration is that it’s faster than litigation, often cheaper, more flexible and easier to enforce than many court judgements.


Litigation is often seen as the last resort for most dispute resolution cases. This is because it can be costly to both parties and even take years to resolve.

Litigation in dispute resolution involves full court proceedings and with that comes the legal fees attached.

Whatever your dispute may be, we’re able to explore all options and find the most suitable resolution for your needs.

Why choose Spencer Churchill to resolve your pension dispute?

We’re an experienced and dynamic law firm offering experienced advice on a wide range of pensions disputes and pension law.

We’re specialists in pension dispute resolutions for businesses and have experience in advising businesses on all nuances of pension law. We’re well positioned to offer proactive and progressive advice that helps keep your business running and reputation intact.

Transparent, open and tailored advice is at the heart of what we do. We’ll help you navigate your pension dispute and restore the integrity of your business.

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Pension dispute FAQ

When did workplace pensions become law?

By 2018, all workplaces were legally obliged to automatically enrol their employees into a pension scheme.