'an elder statesman at the Pensions Bar. He always gives decisive and authoritative advice'.
Who’s Who Legal 2015 – Pensions and Benefits 2015
'He is one of the go-to pensions silks.'
'An elder statesman at the Pensions Bar. He always gives decisive and authoritative advice.'
Chambers UK 2014
'simply "excellent" and "one of the top pensions silks" at the Bar'
Chambers UK 2012
'leading expert in this field as a result of his precise knowledge and understanding of the legal principles relating to pensions.'
'exceptionally clever and rigorous analyst'
'thorough grasp of the detail.'
'an ability to provide robust advice based on thorough preparation and strong technical knowledge'
'intellectual rigour with a very pragmatic approach'
Chambers UK- Pensions
'brave, commercial and not afraid to take a view and stick to it'
'in terms of digesting and commanding detail he is peerless'
The Legal 500 - Pensions
Andrew Simmonds QC specialises in pensions and professional negligence work but also undertakes trust, probate and financial services litigation.
Andrew's pensions experience covers advice and litigation relating to all manner of problems and disputes arising between trustees, employers and members, complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman, the powers and duties of the Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund and claims against pensions professionals.
In the professional negligence field, Andrew has particular experience of claims against solicitors, barristers, actuaries and accountants but has also acted in claims against insurance brokers, fund managers, stockbrokers and others.
Andrew has recently represented the Conservative Party in a major probate action, defended Equitable Life in a class action launched by 400 policyholders and acted in the first inheritance claim based on proprietary estoppel to reach the House of Lords. Andrew was also instructed in the first pensions case to be heard by the Supreme Court.
In the current editions of the legal directories Andrew is highly recommended for his pensions work and his private client trusts and probate work. He is listed as a Star Individual in the Pensions section of the 2013 Chambers Bar Directory.
Andrew's reported cases include:
Andrew is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers (having served for four years on the Legislative & Parliamentary Sub-committee) and the Pension Litigation Court Users Committee chaired by Warren J. and has also served six years as a trustee of the Bar Council Pension Scheme.
Andrew is a member of the Chancery Bar Association and the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
Andrew also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division.
Andrew's publications include:
Andrew frequently attends and speaks at pensions conferences and seminars.