Matthew Giles leads our team of Pensions lawyers in Birmingham, who are part of our wider Pensions team who were named Pensions Law Firm 2016 in the Pension and Investment Provider Awards, by Financial Times Group.

He is a former finalist at the British Legal Awards. He is regarded as a "Leading Individual"​ in Pensions by The Legal 500 UK. Chambers & Partners 2017 reports that he is "a particularly engaging presenter, able to bring clarity and simplicity to complex legal subjects."

Matthew specialises in advising on defined benefit pension plans, in recent times focussing on a range of deficit management strategies. He helps trustees and sponsors on all aspects of pension plan management and compliance, with a reputation for finding creative solutions and communicating very clearly and effectively. 

Reflecting the many engineering and manufacturing clients Matthew represents, he is on the leadership team of the firm’s Industrial Products group. 

Matthew is part of the advisory team supporting the Confederation of British Industry's pensions panel on matters of pensions law and policy. He is a regular on the pensions conference and seminar circuit. 

Matthew has featured in BBC Radio 5Live’s “Wake up to Money” and been a contributor to the Financial Times. He has held meetings with Treasury Ministers lobbying for changes to pensions policy on behalf of clients.

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  • Leading a team comprising pensions, securitisation and water industry specialists to advise the trustee of the Veolia UK Pension Plan in respect of the sponsoring employer’s £1.236 billion disposal of its UK regulated water business, dealing with three bidding consortia and negotiating material mitigation for the pension plan. 
  • Advising the trustee of a pension fund worth more than £1 billion on the implications of a corporate re-organisation by its sponsoring employer, a leading automotive manufacturer.
  • Advising Visteon Corporation on the global separation of its climate control business including the sectionalisation of its UK pension plan.


  • University of Law, L.P.C., 1996
  • University of Hull, LL.B., Honors, 1995


  • England and Wales, 1998
  • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Pensions, National Leaders (Outside London); Midlands
  • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Pensions
  • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
  • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Pensions

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