Mark Catchpole


Mark is the head of the pensions practice at Stephenson Harwood and is a leading practitioner recognised in the legal directories. He is recognised in those directories from client feedback as knowledgeable, pragmatic and easy to work with.

Mark has specialised in pensions law since qualifying 30 years ago. In that time he has advised trustee boards of pension schemes on most matters that affect trustees. This gives him the experience to identify what is important at an early stage and to provide trustees with guidance based upon his extensive knowledge.

Mark has participated in the SORP1 working party, the Society of Pension Consultants legislative sub-committee and the Association of Pension Lawyers Main Committee. He is currently on the editorial board for Lexis PSL Pensions and is a contributor to webinars on current pension issues.

Recent experience includes: 

  • Advising sponsors on a number of ways in which they can improve the funding position and security of their arrangements through the use of assets in a way which does not hand over control.
  • Advising on cases which involve considering a restructuring of the sponsoring group or a restructuring of a group’s pension arrangements.
  • Advising in many proposals to cease accrual of further benefits under defined benefit pension arrangements from employer and trustee perspectives. Experience suggests that whilst common themes arise, each case is different.
  • Advising on a case involving the construction of a restriction in a power of amendment where we successfully acted for the Trustees.

Excellent, easy to work with and provide clear and pragmatic advice.

Chambers UK 2019


The Legal 500 UK 2021 - Leading individual
The Legal 500 UK 2020 - Leading individual
The Legal 500 UK 2020 - Recommended lawyer
Chambers UK 2020 - Ranked in - Mark Catchpole
Chambers UK - Top Ranked 2019
The Legal 500 UK 2019 - Recommended lawyer
Pensions Age Awards 2018 - Shortlisted

Important TPR update for Trustees including the flexibility to reduce or suspend deficit repair contributions (DRCs) for three months

Trustees may decide to reduce or suspend deficit repair contributions (DRCs) for three months

How to equalise guaranteed minimum pensions (GMPs)

Key steps to a successful conversion.