Teachers' Pension Claims
We are bringing claims on behalf of teachers for age discrimination in response to changes made by the Government to their pensions in April 2015.
The changes were introduced in such a way as to protect older teachers by allowing them to stay in their current pension scheme, whilst teachers born after a certain date were ejected from those schemes. Those changes will have a substantial negative impact on the value of pension benefits on retirement.
We are also bringing claims of race discrimination and equal pay on behalf of teachers from ethnic minorities and female teachers, who we believe are disproportionately affected by the changes.
If you are interested in joining this litigation, please click ‘join the claim’ and complete the questionnaire and submit it by following the instructions in the link. We will then consider your information and be in touch.
We are acting under a “no win no fee” agreement, so you don’t have to pay
anything unless you win your claim.
Time limits apply to legal claims, so we recommend that you act promptly.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO JOIN THIS CLAIM?
In broad terms, we are currently looking to bring claims for teachers in the state or independent sector who:
- became members of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme pension scheme before 1 January 2007 and were born on or after 2 July 1963;
- became members of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme pension scheme on or after 1 January 2007 and were born on or after 2 July 1958.
We are unable to offer legal advice and representation to teachers who:
- joined the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme after 1 April 2012;
- stopped working as a teacher more than 2 months ago;
- have voluntarily opted out of the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme at any point since 31 March 2015;
- are currently on a career break; or
- work in Northern Ireland.
If any of these circumstances apply to you, you may wish to seek alternative representation/advice: http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/
What is my claim worth?
It is likely that those who were forced to leave their old scheme and instead join the new 2015 scheme will suffer a significant loss as a result of benefits being paid later and potentially at a significantly reduced rate.
Our current estimates are that teachers would need to invest around £20,000 extra per year on average during their working lives to make up for the pension they lose because of the changes, depending on individual circumstances.
How much will it cost me?
We are acting under a “no win no fee” agreement, so you don’t have to pay anything unless you win your claim. If you do win, we will charge the lower of a fixed fee of £1,500 plus VAT or 25% plus VAT (i.e 30%) of any financial benefit you receive.
The full terms are set out in our Damages Based Agreement, which you can review once you have checked your eligibility.