Graham Wrightson


A pensions expert with particular expertise in advising trustees and employers on all aspects of pension scheme benefits and design.  Graham's clients particularly value his pragmatic, down-to-earth approach.

Graham has over 20 years' experience of advising pension schemes on all aspects of UK pensions law.  Graham has been with Stephenson Harwood since January 2013 and is based in London.  

Graham's key areas of expertise include advising trustees and employers on interpreting their scheme rules, scheme design and benefit changes, investment issues, pension scheme mergers/demergers, closing schemes to future accrual, employer debts and corporate guarantees, managing scheme liabilities, pension  scheme governance, cross-border pension arrangements and Pensions Ombudsman cases.

Recent experience includes: 

  • Advising on the establishment, design, ongoing provision and closure of pension arrangements.
  • Acting for corporates and trustees in relation to pension scheme mergers, demergers and buy-ins/buy-outs.
  • Advising on the establishment and operation of pension arrangements spanning various European jurisdictions.
  • Advising trustees in relation to internal dispute resolution procedures and referrals to the Pensions Ombudsman.
  • Representing corporates and trustees in relation to the pension aspects of corporate transactions (including minimising pension liabilities arising from divestitures and acquisitions and, more generally, advising on group-wide pension arrangements and public sector pension arrangements).

Pensions 2021 - the top six topics to watch

2020 was not the year that any of us expected. With Brexit and Covid-19 occupying much of the Government's time, it is little surprise that some of the developments that were expected to occur in the pensions world did not materialise. As a result, we expect 2021 to be a busy year for the pensions industry, with changes on the horizon that sponsors, trustees and pensions professionals will need to get to grips with.

Brexit and pensions

When the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, a transitional period started during which the relationship between the UK and the EU continued as if the UK were still a part of the EU. That Brexit transition period ended at 23:00 on 31 December 2020. The last-minute UK-EU trade agreement then took effect.

GMP equalisation – clarification on requirements for past transfers out

The long-awaited conclusion to the guaranteed minimum pensions equalisation litigation, concerning the Lloyds Banking Group’s defined benefit scheme, was handed down on Friday, 20 November 2020.