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Tristan is an Associate in the Pensions team at Ward Hadaway. He advises public sector and private sector employers, scheme trustees, other pensions professionals and private individuals on all aspects of pensions law.

Tristan holds law degrees from England and France as well as a master’s degree and a PhD in law. He regularly speaks at seminars organised by Ward Hadaway and with other pensions professionals around the UK.


Tristan’s practice is non-contentious but he works alongside the commercial litigation team on contentious pensions issues, including Pensions Ombudsman and Pensions Regulator proceedings.

He has over 12 years of experience in:

  • advising on the funding, redesign, repair, closure and winding-up of private sector occupational schemes, especially in the SME sector;
  • advising employers on all pensions aspects of corporate acquisitions, disposals, MBOs etc. including advising NHS bodies, local authorities and contractors on pensions-friendly corporate structures in relation to public sector outsourcing;
  • advising on liability reduction exercises, including ETVs and flexible apportionment arrangements;
  • dealing with pensions issues arising in insolvency situations;
  • trustee training; and
  • drafting pension scheme documentation, from simple deeds of amendment and member announcements through to admission agreements, new definitive deeds and scheme merger and de-merger deeds.

He also provides support to the firm’s corporate, employment, litigation, public sector, private client and insolvency teams, amongst others.

Over the last few years, Tristan has:

  • advised the Trustees of a multinational plc’s UK final salary scheme in relation to a number of historical incorrect administrative practices and in relation to repairing the benefits of approximately 600 members;
  •  advised the Trustees of a final salary scheme on repairing a historic equalisation issue without endangering the prospects of a fast growing businesses;
  • advised an NHS trust on outsourcing IT staff to a commercial operator, making use of the Direction Body procedure to maintain NHS pension scheme membership for staff employed by a for-profit organisation, in anticipation of the new Fair Deal policy that has opened the NHS pension scheme to commercial organisations;
  • assisted large and medium-sized employers in the implementation of auto-enrolment by way of contractual enrolment into qualifying arrangements, alongside salary sacrifice arrangements;
  • advised on the pensions issues relating to a pre-pack of an engineering company, which preserved the sole remaining UK manufacturer in its line of business as well as a major employer in a high unemployment area; and
  • advised a number of employers and trustees on withdrawal agreements in corporate restructures.

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Independent verdict

  • "'incredibly technically able' and 'approachable'."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Sources describe Tristan Mander of Ward Hadaway as 'a very good lawyer and very good on the technical details'. He advises on auto-enrolment and scheme restructures as well as pensions issues affecting M&A."

    Chambers & Partners
  • “Tristan Mander is ‘very personable and understanding of his clients’ issues’.”

    Legal 500
  • "Tristan Mander has 'been in the pensions market for a long time and is a very technical lawyer,' explains one source. His 'friendly and flexible' approach and 'understanding of the client's needs' make him a favourite choice. Mander has experience of both private and public sector pension fund issues."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Tristan Mander is 'proactive' and has a 'strong technical background'."

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