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Financial Tax and Pensions Dispute Lawyers

Have you suffered a financial loss linked to poor or inadequate advice on investments and pensions? You’re not alone and you can fight back.

Our financial services and pension disputes team can help protect your financial future, dealing with high value disputes relating to the financial services industry and pensions.

We have a wealth of experience in analysing and pursuing claims relating to issues including  the provision of inadequate investment advice, including £multi-million disputes. We work with SMEs, individual investors, private trusts and public sector organisations.

Our team regularly handles complex complaints to the Financial Services Ombudsman (FSA) and, in appropriate cases, court proceedings relating to such claims.

Whatever your financial issue, let our expert team take the strain, delivering straightforward and clear advice.

Our experience
  • Acting for a manufacturing client in defence of a claim by the Pensions Regulator to impose a financial Contribution Notice upon it;
  • Acting for on individual director in defence of a claim by the Pensions Regulator following the insolvency of a manufacturing business;
  • Acting for a local authority in a claim against its investment managers and custodian bank in respect of losses incurred following the collapse of Lehman Brothers;
  • Acting for a number of private trusts and individuals, often with a foreign element, in claims for negligent investment advice resulting in substantial out of court settlements;
  • Acting for a number of SMEs in respect of the mis-selling of interest rate swaps;
  • Acting for over 400 individual investors in bringing complaints to the Financial Services Ombudsman, resulting in successful findings in favour of our clients and a multi-million pound settlement in total;
  • Acting for holders of SIPPs and SSASs in actions against the trustee companies for not acting in the best interests of investors when failing to advise on high risk investments; and,
  • Currently acting on a multi-million pound action against a well-known investment house relating to negligent investment decisions.

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Martin Woodford

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3319

+44 (0)791 232 8152

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What people say

  • They offer unparalleled legal knowledge and advice to clients at critical moments during disputes providing practical effective solutions including unparalleled litigation expertise.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The Manchester team are dynamic. They have excellent client management whilst, at the same time, maintaining great relationships with counsel and experts to ensure that the litigation team are joined up throughout. The team are affable and down-to-earth with a broad and growing practice.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The team have top-to-bottom talent. Their client care, especially over the past 12 months, has been great. I have been really impressed with the way in which cases have been kept on track and there has been continuous client engagement. The expertise and ability to handle complex, multi-party litigation is really impressive. Additionally, there is real focus on achieving the clients’ objectives and an eye on strategy.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Their expertise and ability to handle complex, multi-party litigation is really impressive.

    Legal 500
  • Ward Hadaway are absolutely first rate - they are an excellent firm for litigation, regionally, nationally and, increasingly, internationally.

    Chambers & Partners
  • This team earns strong market endorsement for its deft handling of a wide range of commercial litigation matters including director and shareholder disputes, professional negligence and IT claims.

    Chambers & Partners
  • This is ‘a go-to team for clients with big commercial claims’… the team's lawyers ‘combine legal aptitude with common sense’.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • An exceptional and wide-ranging presence in high-value commercial litigation in the North East and Northern England. Enviable bench strength with the capacity to handle matters including shareholder disputes, professional negligence, insurance disputes and fraud.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Highly sought-after to handle complex litigation, including contractual claims, shareholder disputes and debt recovery. Regularly called upon to act for public sector bodies in addition to its local and national corporate client base.

    Chambers & Partners

What we're thinking

  • Amendments to the notifiable events regime

    The notifiable events regime was always intended as an early warning mechanism for the Pensions Regulator, alerting it to corporate activity that might adversely affect pension schemes, but as currently worded the regime only causes events to be notified as and when they are happening rather than before.