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Max Ballad

Legal Director

Max has worked in pensions since 1998 and qualified as a legal executive at an international law firm in 2006. He joined Arc Pensions Law in May 2017.

Max advises employers on all aspects of pensions law and has particular experience of scheme mergers (including sectionalising the receiving scheme), buy-outs and buy-ins including benefit specifications and negotiating contractual terms. He also has extensive experience of drafting trust deeds and rules and other scheme documentation, including those with multiple sections and complex benefit structures, as well as dealing with the Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund.

Max has also advised employers in both the public and private sectors on pension arrangements in outsourcing agreements, second generation transfers and in relation to Beckmann issues. Max has gained practical experience of running pension schemes through his work as an officer of independent trustee companies since 1998.

“Max is very knowledgeable on our scheme and delivers his advice in a clear and concise manner. He is also very approachable and responsive, ensuring that projects are not held up awaiting legal input.”

Chambers UK 2022

Max “is excellent in terms of the support that we receive from him and is extremely thorough in all of his communications.”

Chambers UK 2021

Max “is hugely experienced, very efficient and client-focused.”

Chambers UK 2021

“Max Ballad is very approachable and accessible, communicates clearly and has been a great help in turning around urgent jobs such as GMP equalisation issues with member options”.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“We work closely with Kate Payne and Max Ballad. We believe that their key strengths – on top of the strong industry knowledge – is their willingness to work flexibly and their proactive approach. They always seem to be on top of recent legislation and have a unique talent in how they communicate this to the trustee board, ensuring that the priorities are well highlighted”.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“Both Kate Payne and Max Ballad are exceptionally responsive and helpful and their knowledge and experience is of great assistance”.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Max Ballad is “clever, very knowledgeable, thorough and thoughtful,” according to clients. He works on all pensions matters including scheme mergers, buyouts and buy-ins.

Chambers UK 2020

Associate Max Ballad is experienced in acting for trustees on matters such as scheme mergers, buy-ins and buyouts, and governance.

Chambers UK 2019

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