Pensions

Our multi-award winning pensions team has over 60 dedicated lawyers working across the pensions arena. Supplemented by compensation and benefits experts in American and Europe, we are one of the largest and most experienced pure pensions teams in the UK, and possibly within the European Union.

Our size, together with our ability to draw on our rich heritage, gives us genuine critical mass and avoids “reinventing the wheel” - even on complex matters.

Working with industry bodies such as the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Association of British Insurers (ABI), National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and Pensions Management Institute (PMI), our knowledge is up-to-the-minute, allowing us to keep you ahead of the game on any new developments.

Why choose us

Our highly experienced pensions team gets involved in groundbreaking work within the pensions industry.

Thought leadership

Following our successful 2012 white paper Pensions in the Age of Austerity, our 2013 report In Sickness and In Health: Reforming Pensions and Social Care broke new ground for a law firm by challenging the tax and pensions legislative restrictions on using pensions capital savings for long term care.

Launched at the 2013 NAPF annual conference, the report received wide industry and government attention, as well as national media coverage.

Tailored client training

The pensions landscape changes rapidly, both in terms of regulation and the increased need for clients to de-risk and seek value. Keeping abreast of these changes can be a challenge, so we have developed a program of events and seminars to keep you informed. Our clients receive bespoke in-house training, aimed at serving the legal and commercial needs of the business. And finally, for trustees, our trustee training program continues to receive regular praise and recognition from the industry.

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Pension plan advice

Working closely with our global taxation and benefits and labor and employment teams, we offer deep expertise in helping trustee boards, corporate sponsors and public service bodies manage pension plan change. We are experienced in developing and advising on risk management and creative deficit funding solutions for defined benefit plan arrangements and in advising on the implementation of alternative, tax-efficient compensation structures.

Pension plan management

Assistance for employers and trustees in setting up and running pension plans. This involves drafting documentation, negotiations with HMRC and other regulators, and analysis of legal developments.

Within our market-leading pension plan investment practice, we handle buy-in/buy-out and other derisking work, and help to secure member benefits, whether for ongoing schemes or those in the process of winding up.

Trustee service

The Trustee Corporation Limited is a relatively unusual independent trusteeship service we provide. This is something that very few law firms are able to offer to the same level of quality and breadth of expertise.

Pensions disputes

Pensions work is increasingly litigious, with huge sums frequently at stake. Our pensions disputes team aims to cut through jargon and offer practical advice and personal service.

International service

Assistance for transnational employers in all aspects of pensions and other benefits for individuals and corporates. We advise on all aspects of international benefits, whether relating to plan restructure, risk, governance, corporate activity or investment issues.

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  • Pensions Law Firm of the Year, 2016 at the Pension and Investment Provider Awards, organized by Pensions Expert, the Financial Times Group.
  • Pensions Law Firm of the Year, 2014 at the Pension and Investment Provider Awards, organized by Pensions Expert, the Financial Times Group.
  • Best for Managing Pension Risk – UK, 2014 at the Wealth and Finance International Magazine Finance Awards.
  • Pensions Firm of the Year, 2014 at the Finance Monthly M&A Awards.

Also shortlisted for:

  • Pensions Law Firm of the Year, 2015 at the Pensions Age Awards.
  • Law Firm of the Year, 2014 at the Pensions Age Awards.
  • European Pensions Law Firm of the Year, 2014 at the European Pensions Awards.