APL Conference 2021

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 18:00 PM - Friday, 19 November 2021 15:30 PM

It’s the much-anticipated return of the APL Annual Conference! We look forward to welcoming you to the iconic Brighton seafront for what will be a memorable occasion. Richard MacDonald
Conference Organiser 2021

Location & Accommodation


This year's APL Conference will be held at:

The Grand Hotel
97-99 King's Road
United Kingdom



Train Station:

The nearest station is Brighton Train Station


Gatwick Airport is 28 miles away - 45 minutes by taxi. The train from Gatwick Airport to Brighton takes just under 30 minutes.

By car: 

From London and the M25, take the M23 to Brighton and then the King's Road A259 Seafront Road. The hotel car park is accessed from Cannon Place and has 40 parking spaces available to guests from 3pm on day of arrival and issued on a first come first served basis. Car parking is charged at £35 per night for guests staying 1-2 nights or £30 per night for guests staying 3 nights or more. On arrival please check with the hotel concierge that there are parking spaces available.

There is also a National Car Park (NCP) directly behind the hotel on Russell Road which has over 500 spaces and is available currently at the rate of £30 for 24 hours.



The Grand Hotel

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97 - 99 King's Road

Brighton BN1 2FW

The conference hotel - the most iconic hotel in the city, located right on the seafront in Brighton town centre.


Hilton Brighton Metropole

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106 King's Road

Brighton BN1 2FU

2 minutes’ walk to the conference hotel

A victorian hotel by Brighton Beach

Set on the vibrant Brighton seafront, our 1890's building is next to The Brighton Centre. Our hotel has a health club with indoor pool, sauna, and steam room. Brighton Palace Pier, Royal Pavilion, the boutiques and bars of The Lanes, and the British Airways i360 viewing tower are all within walking distance.

Schedule (subject to change)

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Our Speakers

Mark Atkinson

From the North many years ago.  With CMS for 29 years now.  Interests – sport and (proper) music.  Likes -  APL engraved glasses (from the days when speakers really were appreciated).  Dislikes – building projects at home.   Over ten years on the L&P committee and 2 years as APL chair mean I now really enjoy Tuesday evenings at home.

Ruth Bamforth
Walker Morris

Ruth is a director in the Walker Morris pensions team. Before moving back to Leeds, Ruth used to work in the City.

Suzanne Burrell

Suzanne is a partner in the Pensions team at Shoosmiths.  She has twenty years' experience advising trustees and employers on all aspects of occupational pension schemes – qualifying into the Pensions team at Mayer Brown in 2001 and then joining Shoosmiths in 2010.  Her recent experience covers a range of pension scheme activity including advice on insurance company buy-outs, asset backed funding arrangements, GMP equalisation.  She is also a member of the Legislative and Parliamentary sub-committee.  Suzanne is a keen runner and some of her best ideas (including the topic of this debate) have come to her while out running!

Claire Carroll
Eversheds Sutherland

Claire Carroll is Head of Pensions Disputes at Eversheds Sutherland, which is a Tier 1 practice in both Chambers and Legal 500.  She is in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, and ranked as a  Band One invidual in Chambers for Pensions Litigation.  Claire is also Chair of the APL Pensions Litigation Committee. Claire has worked on many leading pensions cases, including Barnardo’s (Supreme Court), the British Airways litigation, the Pilots litigation, Steria and Adams v Options.  She combines this practice with regulatory enforcement investigations, both involving TPR, but also the FCA. 

Rosalind Connor
ARC Pensions Law

Rosalind is Managing partner of Arc pensions Law and has practised pensions law for about 25 years. She is a former chair and secretary of the APL and sits on the legislative and parliamentary committee. She has also sat on the Pensions Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, has been chair of the London region of PMI. When she was chair of the APL, she had the dubious of representing the Association in front of Frank Field's work and pensions select committee and may have inspired s88A of the PSA21, for which she apologises. 

Stephen Gillick
Mason Hayes & Curran

Stephen is a Partner and Head of the Pensions Group in Mason Hayes & Curran. He has extensive experience in advising trustees, sponsoring employers and pension providers on a range of issues, including pension scheme establishment and restructuring; pension scheme funding and exercises to reduce scheme liabilities.

Stephen is experienced in drafting and updating pension scheme documentation and advising on pension scheme mergers and reorganisations. He regularly advises on the pension aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals.

Stephen also provides guidance to trustees and sponsoring employers on compliance and interpretation of pensions legislation and scheme rules.

Stephen was appointed as a Member of the Pensions Council in February 2020. The Pensions Council was set up to advise the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection on matters relating to policy on pensions. The Council is to represent and protect the consumer interest and help to ensure that the system has a far stronger consumer focus.

Stephen is a regular presenter at pensions events in Ireland and abroad and is the external examiner for the Law Society of Ireland’s Pensions Certificate.

David E. Grant
Outer Temple Chambers

David E Grant’s practice encompasses the full range of pensions work including professional negligence claims, regulatory matters, tax and Ombudsman complaints. David has extensive advocacy experience of pensions matters in the ECJ, CA, High Court, Upper Tribunal and off-shore jurisdictions. He has also attended numerous mediations and round table meetings in a wide variety of cases.

David is the former chairman of the Litigation Committee and the current secretary to the Pensions Litigation Court Users’ Committee now chaired by Trower J.

David has acted for employers, trustees, representative beneficiaries, individual complaints, TPR, the PPF and the Ombudsman.

Nick Heaton
Hogan Lovells

Nick is a litigation partner at Hogan Lovells.  He has specialised in Pension litigation for over 15 years.  In that time he has acted for employers, trustees, members and advisers on the full range of pension litigation, from directions applications to regulatory issues.  High profile matters include Hughes v PPF, the BT Crown Guarantee and IMG cases.  Nick also has extensive experience of pension related professional negligence cases.   He is a longstanding member of the APL Litigation sub-committee.

Ed Jackson
Allen & Overy

I am a senior associate in Allen & Overy’s corporate pensions team. My practice consists of advisory work for trustees and employers of predominately large occupational pension schemes in a variety of industries, including financial services, retail, transport and mining. I also have a particular interest and focus on m&a and restructuring work.

I am a bit of a cricket badger, so please feel free to seek me out later at the bar if you want to have a moan about the plight of the English test side!

Miriam Kimber
Pension Protection Fund

I have been at the PPF since 2009, and during that time I’ve been involved in almost everything the PPF does, but mainly with the pension protection levy (with a sideline in information law). I am also very involved in diversity and inclusion matters within and outside the PPF, which have prompted my desire to deliver this talk today.  

Henry Legge QC
5 Stone Buildings

Henry has acted in many of the leading pension cases of the last few years: most recently in Axminster and Univar but before then in Nortel, the IBM litigation and the BT crown guarantee litigation.  He has specialised in pensions law and the law of trusts for many years both as a junior and as a silk. 

Francesca Parnell
Allen & Overy

I am a Senior Associate in the Allen & Overy Corporate Pensions team and advise a range of employer and trustee clients.  My practice spans, among others, a number of large financial institution clients and defence sector organisations, with a particular focus on liability management and risk reduction.  I am a member of the APL Investment and DC Sub-Committee and of the PASA Pensions Dashboard Working Group.

David Pollard
Wilberforce Chambers

David Pollard is now a barrister practising from Wilberforce Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn.  He previously practised as a solicitor with Freshfields in London and (a long time ago in the 1980s) in Singapore.  

His book “Pensions Contracts and Trusts: Legal Issues on decision making: Applying Braganza” came out last year.  A new book “Connected and Associated: Insolvency and Pensions Law” is due out shortly. 

This is David’s 10th talk at the APL Annual Conference – the first was 30 years ago in Dublin in 1991.

Anthony Raymond
The Pensions Regulator

Anthony is General Counsel and Director of Legal Services at The Pensions Regulator (TPR). Anthony has been a qualified solicitor for 20 years and joined TPR 13 years ago as a litigation lawyer. He has subsequently had policy, management and leadership roles and now heads up the General Counsel and Governance Office. Anthony has extensive experience of regulatory, pensions and public law and practice, and has had a strategic role at TPR in relation to climate change for the last 3 years. Prior to his work at TPR, Anthony specialised in white-collar crime litigation and extradition.

Nicolas Stallworthy QC
Outer Temple

Nick is a QC specializing in pensions at Outer Temple Chambers.  He has been a member of the APL since 1998, serving on the Education & Seminars sub-committee from 2006 to 2017; and on the Main Committee since 2017.

Tom Tayler
Aviva (and secondee to the COP26 High Level Climate Champions)

Tom Tayler is a Senior Manager in the Aviva Investors Sustainable Finance Centre for Excellence.

Tom supports Aviva Investors’ work regarding sustainable finance focussing on market and regulatory reform, including contributing to the work of the COP26 High Level Climate Champions, the EU HLEG on Sustainable Finance, and the UK Green Market Taskforce. 

Tom has also worked with policymakers on key reforms including the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan and the DWP reform of pension trustees’ fiduciary duty. He is a solicitor, holding an MA (Oxon) in Jurisprudence from the Queen’s College, Oxford. He previously worked at Allen & Overy LLP, the Department of the Treasury Solicitor, Beachcroft LLP and the University of Law.

Alison Winstanley
The Pensions Regulator

Alison started life as a corporate lawyer, but after 3 years had a “lightbulb moment” and moved into pensions as a far more interesting area – a view she firmly maintains well over 10 years later.  Having built up considerable experience in the private sector, she joined The Pensions Regulator in 2014, and continues to find her work both challenging and full of surprises.  As a bit of a David Attenborough fan, she has been delighted to be involved in looking at pensions and climate change since mid-2019, including working on the development of TPR guidance.

Pricing Tables

Our Ticket Pricing

Standard Ticket

£ 995 + VAT (£1194)

A limited number of spaces will be available with no accommodation, priced at £800 + VAT, for people based in Brighton and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To book please contact the Conference Team at apl@mks.co.uk

    Accommodation on Wednesday and Thursday nights in either the The Grand Hotel or Hilton Brighton Metropole

    Drinks reception on the Wednesday evening at The Grand Hotel

    Breakfast lunch and refreshments on Thursday and Friday

    The drinks reception and gala dinner at the Hilton Brighton Metropole

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