FFW chief Lohn joins Old Square silk on Pensions Regulator panel

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) senior partner Matthew Lohn and Old Square Chambers’ Jennifer Eady QC have been appointed to the Pensions Regulator’s determinations panel.

Matthew Lohn
Matthew Lohn

The six-person panel is responsible for making decisions when the watchdog seeks to use certain powers, for instance when prosecuting a breach of pensions law. Its part-time members are separate from the regulator and are not involved in investigating cases.

Lohn, a public and regulatory lawyer, joins employment specialist Eady and documentary maker Catharine Seddon as new members of the group.

The news comes after panel chair Andrew Long, a member since 2011, assumed the position of chair on Saturday (6 April), replacing John Scampion.

The continuing members are barrister Peter Hinchliffe, counsel at the Charities Aid Foundation, retired police officer Elizabeth Neville, former University of Sussex vice-chancellor Alasdair Smith and former InterContinental Hotels head of treasury Anthony Stern.

Lawyer Suzanne McCarthy and Taylor Hampton partner Daniel Taylor have both stepped down from the panel, as has Scampion.

Long said in a statement: “The new members bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge spanning many fields. They’ll add further depth to a panel that deals with a wide variety of cases, many of which can be very complex.”

Lohn was recently confirmed as FFW’s senior partner following a vote after provisionally taking on the role earlier this year (10 April 2013).