Chris Edwards-Earl

Senior associate

Chris specialises in helping clients to resolve complex contentious issues concerning pension schemes, trust funds, and their advisors. He has considerable experience acting for trustees and employers, representative beneficiaries, as well as in high-value professional negligence actions.

Chris has advised clients extensively on a range of matters concerning the funding of pension schemes; the Pension Regulator's moral hazard regime; the construction and rectification of trust documents; pension claims in insolvency; and, breach of contract and professional negligence claims.

He is experienced in submissions to the High Court and Court of Appeal dealing with the construction of pensions legislation and documentation, as well as working with clients to resolve their disputes through mediation.

Chris has particular experience working with clients who have a global presence and international concerns, particularly Canada and the US.

Chris is a qualified solicitor-advocate, having attained his Higher Rights of Audience, and is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.


He is very strong in terms of presenting a case, establishing the extent of the risk exposure of his clients and how to deal with that.

Chambers UK 2021

Why standstill agreements matter for pensions schemes

In a piece first published by Professional Pensions, senior associate Chris Edwards-Earl and partner Helena Berman look at the judgment in Kingsley Napley LLP v Harris & Another.

DWP’s consultation on regulations under PSA 2021 strengthening TPR’s powers

Chris Edwards-Earl comments that under the recently enacted Pension Schemes Act 2021 (PSA 2021), the powers of the Pensions Regulator (TPR) were clarified and expanded.

The Pension Schemes Bill - Just the beginning?

It was widely anticipated in the pensions industry that the Pension Schemes Bill (the Bill) would receive Royal Assent at the end of 2020. However, it is perhaps unsurprising it did not get over the line with much of the Government's time taken up with Brexit and Covid-19. It has, however now passed through all of the Parliamentary stages and is awaiting Royal Assent.