Ian Forrest joined the firm in 1987 and joined the Pensions Law Department in 1990 shortly after he qualified. His work involved all aspects of pensions law, but is now focused on professional trusteeship. His clients include public companies, private companies and institutions.

    During his career with the firm, Ian has acted as Head of the Pensions team (1996–2000), Head of the Birmingham office (2004–2010) and Head of the Brussels office (2010–2011).  He was also a member of the firm's board of management for a number of years.  He has been involved in dealing with the pensions aspects of companies restructuring, insolvency, acquisitions and disposals, pension scheme mergers, companies refinancing. Ian acts as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for several pension schemes.

    Ian is listed in Legal Business, The Legal 500 UK, and Chambers UK. He is actively involved with Marie Curie in the Midlands and chairs the development board of the Marie Curie Hospice in the Midlands.

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    • Extensive experience of management, negotiation, resolution and collaboration.
    • Establishing a new scheme for the Trustees of the Land Rover Pension Scheme and negotiating a transfer of funds into it.
    • Advising on a merger of four occupational pension schemes for a well-known international company.
    • Acting as professional trustee and chair of trustees to the pension schemes of Wade Furniture, Folkes Group, Forth Ports, Weetabix, Johnston Press and Former Registered Dockworkers' Pension Fund.
    • Advising the trustees of the pension scheme of a FTSE 100 company on introducing a career average benefits structure into the pension scheme.
    • Advising the subsidiary of an American public company by converting to a money purchase benefits structure from a final salary benefits structure.
    • Legal adviser to the trustees of the Professional Footballers' pension schemes.
    • Advising the trustees of the pension scheme of a FTSE 100 company on the implications of the company restructuring its finances.
    • Derisking as scheme funding improves with a view to the eventual buy-out of benefits.
    • Advising a large engineering company on the implications of TUPE and of the Beckman and Martin decision on the purchase of assets.
    • Advising the trustees of the pension scheme of a large subsidiary company of an American parent on its insolvency and the implications for the pension scheme.
    • Acting as independent trustees of several pension schemes.


    • Loughborough University, B.S., 1971
    • Birmingham City University, LL.B., 1986
    • Birmingham City University, Law Society Finals, 1987


    • England and Wales, 1989


    • English
    • French
    • Included in the Seventh Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom (2018)
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Pensions, Midlands
    • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016

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