Murray Campbell

Murray Campbell


Lawson Lundell LLP

Recognized since 2006

Vancouver, British Columbia

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits Law

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Murray is a pension lawyer who acts for boards of trustees and other sponsors of pension and benefit plans in the private and public sectors in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. While Murray is a solicitor, he is regularly involved in pension and benefit litigation.

Murray is the head of Western Canada’s largest and most experienced Pensions and Benefits Law Group.

Location

  • Cathedral Place, Suite 1600
    925 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2
    Canada

Languages

  • English

Bar Admissions

  • Alberta, 1985
  • British Columbia, 1990

Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Insurance Association - Board of Directors
  • Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute - Member
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans - Member
  • International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA) - Member

Lawson Lundell LLP
Headquarters: Vancouver, British Columbia

76 The Best Lawyers in Canada awards

19 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada awards

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employee Benefits Law, Vancouver, Canada (2021)
  • Employee Benefits Law, Vancouver, Canada (2018)
  • Employee Benefits Law, Vancouver, Canada (2013)
  • Employee Benefits Law, Vancouver, Canada (2011)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:

  • Employee Benefits Law

Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Employee Benefits law
  • Chambers Canada: recognized in the Pensions & Benefits (Canada) category
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: AV Peer Review rated
  • Best Lawyers: Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013
  • Best Lawyers: Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2011
  • Lexpert Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Pensions and Employee Benefits law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016: most frequently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Pensions and Employee Benefits (Employer)
  • Legal 500 Canada: recognized as the Leading lawyer in the Labour and Employment category
  • Chambers Global: recognized in the Pensions & Benefits (Canada) category

Experience

Pension and Benefit Litigation Experience

Involved in disputes over or involving:

  • Reduction in post-retirement benefits
  • Trustee deadlock resolution
  • Integration of registered pensions plans with Canada Pension Plan
  • Conversion of defined benefit pension plans to defined contribution pension plans
  • Collection of Exit Levies from employers leaving health and welfare trusts
  • Enhanced early retirement entitlement
  • Entitlement to pre-retirement death benefit
  • Recovery of benefit overpayments, including recovery on account of recovery from third party
  • Disability benefit denial
  • Trustee advice and direction
  • Surplus ownershipContribution holidays

Pension and Benefits Practice (Non-Litigious)

  • Advises over 30 boards of trustees of multi-employer pension or benefit plans
  • Helped introduce Saskatchewan's first target benefit pension plan
  • Chaired Union Management Task Force constituted to determine future pension arrangements for a large public sector employer – implemented unanimous report accepted by all parties
  • Conducted review of governance structure of staff pension plan of significant public sector employer, including extensive consultation with all relevant stakeholders, and implementation of recommendations
  • Helped introduce joint trusteeship to several public sector pension plans in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba
  • Advises trustees and other plan sponsors on fiduciary liability
  • Prepares plan texts and other documentation for post-retirement benefit plans
  • Drafts and amends plan texts and trust agreements for RPPs, health and welfare plans, DPSPs, EPSPs, group RRSPs, RCAs and IPPs
  • Prepares complete restatements of plan texts
  • Drafts and implements supplemental pension arrangements
  • Drafts and implements letters of credit trust arrangements to secure supplemental pension arrangements or comply with new solvency rules
  • Helped establish new defined benefit multi-employer pension planAdvises on compliance with CAPSA CAP guidelines for participant directed defined contribution plans
  • Implements PIPA compliant privacy policies for boards of trustees of pension and benefit plans
  • Prepares opinions on, and liaises with regulators and fundholders regarding, surplus ownership,contribution holidays and payment of administrative expenses

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