Maxwell Ballad Image

Maxwell Ballad

Director | Leeds

About Maxwell

Max has a well-rounded experience of pensions having started his career working in-house for the corporate trustee of one of the UK’s largest pension schemes more than 30 years ago. He qualified as a legal executive when he moved to a global law firm in 1998. Whilst he was there, he initially did independent trustee work, mainly winding up pension schemes of insolvent employers and early transfers to the Pension Protection Fund.

At the global law firm he advised trustees and employer on day-to-day pensions issues as well as being involved in projects such as employer restructuring, liability management and scheme mergers.

Max spent five years at a boutique pensions law firm before moving to Freeths in 2023.

His experience includes:

  • Scheme mergers (sectionalised and unsectionalised);
  • Benefit specifications and buy-ins/buyouts;
  • Scheme wind-ups;
  • Transfers to master trusts;
  • Drafting scheme documentation;
  • Acting for representative beneficiaries in rectification/construction claims;
  • Resolution of disputes with scheme members;
  • Advising on section 75 disputes and restructuring issues;
  • Advising in relation to the Local Government Pension Scheme and other public service schemes.

Max is ranked as a Star Associate in Chambers & Partners (edition 2024).

Notable work & expertise

Related news & articles

1 of 1
  • Article

    Additional step to recoup overpayments of pension

  • News

    Freeths Strengthens Employment, Pensions and Immigration Team with Eight New Lawyers

  • Article

    DWP call for evidence on skills, capability, and culture of pension trustees

  • Article

    Members’ “interests” held to include benefits for future service (British Broadcasting Corporation v BBC Pension Trust Limited and Christina Burns)

  • Article

    Remedies for late payment of pension contributions

  • Article

    Department for Education guarantee applies to academies outsourcing who wish to outsource services

Get in touch

Contact us today

Whatever your legal needs, our wide ranging expertise is here to support you and your business, so let’s start your legal journey today and get you in touch with the right lawyer to get you started.


Get in touch

For general enquiries, please complete this form and we will direct your message to the most appropriate person.