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

The Pensions Regulator's consultation on a new code for Contribution Notices

Writing for the Financial Times' Pensions Expert, senior associate Chris Edwards-Earl discusses the Pensions Regulator's consultation on a new code for Contribution Notices.

DWP response to consultation on draft regulations strengthening TPR’s powers

Pensions analysis: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published its response to its consultation on the proposed drafting of two regulations which would strengthen the powers of the Pensions Regulator (TPR) to issue contribution notices and gather information, following changes introduced by the Pension Schemes Act 2021. Chris Edwards-Earl discusses the response.

TPR seeks views on how it will apply new Contribution Notice tests

Pensions analysis: The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has launched a consultation on changes to its Code of Practice 12 following the introduction, by the Pension Schemes Act 2021 (PSA 2021), of new tests in relation to its Contribution Notice (CN) power. Stephen Richards and Chris Edwards-Earl comment on TPR’s consultation.