About Us

 

About Us

We are a small team of highly qualified professionals who together have the knowledge and experience required to produce your Expert Witness Reports to the highest standard.

George Mathieson, our founding director has a background in Commercial and Private  banking, pension planning for high net worth clients as well as pension planning for corporate bodies. He has been a director of a pension trustee company and Independent Financial Adviser. This gives George the experience to deal with complex pension issues in a practical way. Often, thinking ‘outside the box’ is required to come to a practical solution particular in cases involving overseas pensions, UURBS, FURBS and self administered schemes. This is where George comes into his own always providing a solution which can work in practice.

George is supported by two qualified, professional, and highly experienced pension’s actuaries who ensure that the reports produced are actuarially accurate, and technically correct, on every occasion.

The administration team also have plenty of experience of working in defined benefit pension administration which again provides much needed insight and expertise in dealing with third party scheme administrators. This experience is often critical if Reports are to be delivered on time.

Together we make an efficient, client friendly, multi skilled team!

The Team

George Mathieson

George Mathieson (Director and Report Writer)

George’s background is banking and pensions. Having just celebrated 30 years in financial services, George has a wealth of knowledge about pensions. For the past 10 years, George has devoted himself to the subject of Pensions and Divorce, and finds the subject utterly fascinating. He hopes that over time, this fascination for subjects most others would find utterly boring, will result in him being offered honorary Actuarial Status. In his spare time, George loves listening to Prog Rock, cooking and eating Indian cuisine, and watching cricket. Heaven is doing all simultaneously.

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Chris Goodwin

Chris Goodwin is one of our two recent actuarial recruits. He has over 25 years of experience as an Actuary in the pensions industry, having worked for some of the biggest names, where he was also a scheme actuary for many years. His knowledge of pensions and actuarial skills are immense. More recently Chris moved over to the Dark Side joining the Public Sector as a Secondary School teacher of Mathematics. The skills he learnt as a teacher are very evident when he peer reviews the reports drafted by other experts. “see me later, Mathieson,” was one comment on a report I submitted for his review. “Alpha minus – could do better” was his comment to another report.

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Jonathan Galbraith

Jonathan Galbraith joined us recently from PwC, as a very experienced Actuary, specialising in pensions. Jonathan takes a very keen interest in the challenges facing an ageing society, and pensions / welfare reform. Jonathan is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and for those of you who have the pleasure of speaking with Jonathan, his accent will reveal he is of Scottish descent. For fear of breaching every politically correct protocol, I dare not jest about Jonathan being a Scottish, actuarial, statistician. But I am sure he is aware of the probability of not meeting standard mortality assumptions, every time he tucks into a Deep Fried Mars Bar.

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 Carole Birch

Carole Birch (Office Manager / Company Secretary)

Carole has been George’s administrator / right hand woman / and work scheduler (“nag”) for the past 5 years. Her background is banking and financial services, having worked for a pension trustee company for many years. She fully understands all issues regarding pensions and divorce, and is happy to talk to lawyers about cases. In her spare time Carole looks after the family pets, and likes to prove that Mary Berry’s recipes do not work.

 Rebecca Meek

Rebecca Meek (Administration)

Rebecca is the office Rottweiler. Most days she can be heard on the phone cajoling recalcitrant pension companies and administrators into providing information they promised weeks earlier to help us meet deadlines. Highly efficient and organised, Rebecca manages the office’s work schedules and liaises with solicitors over delivery dates. In her spare time, Rebecca is a golf widow, a chauffeur to her son and daughter, and baker of very fine cakes.

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Sukhjeet Sidhu (Report Writer)

Sukhie is another maths graduate, and has taken some of the actuarial exams. Her knowledge of pensions and pension administration is unrivalled as she has spent many years working with some of the major third party administrators on both the administration and actuarial side, and this experience is invaluable to the firm. In her spare time Sukhie loves attending family parties – a pastime actively encouraged by her work colleagues as she always returns with a doggy bag of wonderful Indian food.

 Ashley Neblett

Ashley Neblett (Administration)

Ashley is the youngest in the office and the most recent to join us. Having spent 6 years with Prudential in their pensions and annuities department, Ashley ‘s experience of the enigma of Life Office administration, is invaluable. In his spare time Ashley keeps up a fitness regime which puts the rest of us to shame (Oh to be young) and plays the Melodica (google it – I had to!)

Guy Fenney

Guy Fenney

Guy is so old he can remember when the Scottish Widow was called Scottish Wife, and it is this immense experience which is of such valuable benefit to us all. There are many old style schemes out there with quirks, but Guy can usually shed light on how they operated. When not in the office Guy will either be on the golf course, where he still uses a Mashie Niblick and wears plus fours (which were de rigeur when he took up golf) or in a sporting quiz, where his memories of watching Wanderers beat the Royal Engineers in the 1872 Cup Final, are put to good use.

 Julian

Julian Smith

Julian Smith is one of our very experienced pension administrators. Previously he was the Manager of one of the Police Pension schemes and Local Government schemes, and therefore brings to us a vast and indispensable knowledge of some of the most complex schemes. Julian is also from the heart of the Black Country, and has to show his passport daily as he returns home from Brummagem. Julian is also one of the country’s leading authorities on the Breweries of the Black Country.

Our Approach

Our aim is to provide expert, professional advice in an easy to understand format in straightforward plain English.

At all times we are looking to provide a first class service whilst being both friendly and approachable.

We regularly get thanked for the clarity and completeness of our reports which we continually strive to improve to meet the different needs of our wide base of clients

To paraphrase the oft quoted “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.”

“Bring us your or your clients’ problems and we will provide solutions which are actuarially correct, practical, sometimes imaginative, and hopefully easy to understand.”

Mathieson Consulting Ltd specialises in the provision of Expert Witness Services for Lawyers and the Courts, in pensions and other areas of actuarial work.

The Experts in Pensions and Divorce.  

Pensions can be extraordinarily complicated. In divorce situations their values can, shall we say, be contentious and how they are to be divided often problematic. Combining Actuarial Expertise and a huge amount of Experience we offer Practical Solutions, explained in Clear English, to simplify potentially complex issues.

“If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution.”

- Albert Einstein (allegedly)

Given a schedule of pensions, we do not rush headlong into calculating a solution. Instead, we first consider the issues, investigate the quirks of each pension and define what the parties wish to achieve. Only once we have clearly defined the problem, do we get out our calculators and open up Excel.

George and his team of Actuaries are ably supported by a team of experienced, conscientious, and proficient back office staff. George is always delighted to speak to Lawyers to discuss a case with them (if the subject switches to Cricket or the latest Pink Floyd album, so much the better) and his team are all incredibly approachable and will keep you up to date with the progress of a case.

At the final hearing District Judge D….. praised the report as being comprehensive and easy to understand.” 

- Katherine Rayden, Rayden Solicitors, of a Single Joint Expert report.

“For many, if not most, divorcing couples, the pension assets will be the most valuable asset that they have after their matrimonial home. Whilst hours can be taken arguing over the value of the home, and thousands spent on expert valuations, all too often little or no attention is paid to the pensions issue other than obtaining a basic CETV. That figure is often misleading or incorrectly calculated. I would suggest that in any case where pensions are a substantial asset, expert advice is taken. I know of no one better able to provide that advice and to think creatively about how to get the most out of the pension pot than George Mathieson.”

- Nicholas Francis QC, Head of 29 Bedford Row Chambers

 

For actuarially correct, practical and easy to understand solutions from the experts in Pensions and Divorce please contact George and the team today.

Testimonials

“George is without doubt a leading pensions expert in the West Midlands area. He is practical, pro-active and extremely personable with clients and is a regular first choice for the Mills & Reeve Family team.”
Marc Saunderson, Partner Mills & Reeve LLP and Head of Birmingham Family Team. 


“For many, if not most, divorcing couples, the pension assets will be the most valuable asset that they have after their matrimonial home. Whilst hours can be taken arguing over the value of the home, and thousands spent on expert valuations, all too often little or no attention is paid to the pensions issue other than obtaining a basic CETV. That figure is often misleading or incorrectly calculated. I would suggest that in any case where pensions are a substantial asset, expert advice is taken. I know of no one better able to provide that advice and to think creatively about how to get the most out of the pension pot than George Mathieson.”
Nicholas Francis QC, Head of 29 Bedford Row Chambers


“My team has regularly instructed George as a joint pension expert in Ancillary Relief cases. His detailed and expert knowledge of this complex area is invaluable and he demonstrates a real passion for his work, which is reflected in the quality of his advice. I have no hesitation in recommending George to anyone.”
Phillip Barnsley, Partner and Head of Family Law, Higgs & Sons 


Katherine Rayden from Rayden Solicitors wrote in respect of a Single Joint Expert report, “At the final hearing District Judge D….. praised the report as being comprehensive and easy to understand.”