UK - The Association of Pensions Lawyers is working with the pensions advisory service OPAS to offer a formal mediation service for scheme disputes.
The mediation scheme, which is still being finalised, aims to offer members a faster and cheaper way of resolving their disputes than going to the pensions ombudsman or the High Court.
APL specialist mediators will provide their mediation skills free of charge to members using the OPAS service.
The scheme, which will be run on a formal and confidential basis, will allow a neutral third-party mediator to meet with both sides and broker a deal.APL litigation committee member and Pinsents head of pensions litigation, Isabel Nurse-Marsh, is heading the new initiative and believes it will offer a valuable service.
“There are a growing number of disputes out there and they can take some time to resolve.
“It is building on the work of OPAS, and while it is still being finalised, we expect it will help members with complaints reach a deal with their employer.”
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