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Matthew Bullen


Matthew Bullen

Matthew Bullen focuses on pensions and trusts litigation. He has considerable experience in handling large and complex disputes, both domestic and multi-jurisdictional, as well as conducting investigations on matters that raise regulatory issues or which may result in litigation.  His cases frequently involve insolvency or public law elements. 

In recent years he has worked particularly intensively on moral hazard regulatory actions, both for targets of regulatory action and trustees.  

His cases have been among the most significant in recent developments in pensions law, including Pilots, IMG, Nortel, Box Clever and Halcrow. 

He also has substantial experience of bringing and defending professional negligence claims in the pensions context.

'He's fantastic. The quality of his written work is always excellent and of a very high intellectual calibre, and he's great with clients: fair and reasonable without deviating from their interests.'

Chambers, 2015

Representative experience

Halcrow:  an innovative benefit restructuring.

IMG: a leading decision on powers of amendment, s91 Pensions Act 1995, and the application of SWT v Wightman.

Nortel: acting for the trustee and PPF in recovery of a £2.6bn pensions deficit in the UK, France, the U.S., and Canada.

Pilots: representing the Trustee in an extremely wide-ranging application for directions and related appeals.

Representing ITV plc in the Box Clever FSD proceedings.

Education and admissions


  • BPP Law School, London
  • LPC, Nottingham Law School
  • M.A., University of Cambridge, Jesus College
  • M.Phil., University of Cambridge, Jesus College


  • Association of Pension Lawyers
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