Helen Miles is a partner in Squire Patton Boggs’ Pensions Practice Group and has been practicing as a pensions lawyer since qualifying in 1994. Prior to joining the firm, Helen was a partner in the Birmingham office of another global law firm for more than 11 years and was responsible for the establishment and management of the pensions practice.

Helen’s particular areas of expertise include all aspects of the operation of trust-based occupational pension schemes; employer’s pension obligations and provision to their employees including auto-enrolment; the pensions aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and restructuring; pension scheme mergers and wind-ups, and trustee training.

Helen deals with the pension arrangements of businesses in the manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare, food, logistics, technology and charity sectors, amongst others.

She also provides training for trustees and is a regular speaker at conferences and contributor to pensions industry publications.

Helen has a significant number of trustee clients including several where she has acted as legal adviser for more than 10 years.

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  • Acting for a major global provider of imaging services in relation to obligations under their UK pension plan (worth more than £1 billion) including negotiations with the UK Pensions Regulator on management of funding and cross-border guarantees to the plan.
  • Acting for a provider of international air traffic control services in relation to their workforce pension entitlements and participation in a multi-section industry pension plan.
  • Acting for a multi-site UK shipbuilding provider in relation to their occupational pension schemes and their involvement in the Shipbuilding Industries Pension Plan.
  • Acting for the trustees of the occupational pension scheme for a Midlands-based brick business in relation to the acquisition of the scheme’s sponsoring employer by Europe’s largest brick business, advising on the subsequent merger of the pension arrangements of the acquiring business and continuing to act for the trustees of the merged scheme.
  • Advising a UK heritage sector charity in relation to its pension obligations for employees.
  • Acting for a Europe-wide wholesaler on changing their UK final salary pension scheme to a career average defined benefit pension scheme.
  • Advising a UK distributor of construction equipment on the pensions aspects of the sale of a major division, including the transfer of two occupational pension schemes and cessation of participation in the wider group scheme.

Education

  • Aston University, Diploma, Psychology, 2010
  • Nottingham Trent University, Law Society Finals, 1992
  • The University of Nottingham, LL.B., Honors, 1991

Admissions

  • England and Wales, 1994
  • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Pensions, Midlands
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Pensions
  • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
  • Recommended in Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK for more than 10 years
  • Chambers UK 2012 says that Helen “is consistently singled out by interviewees for her responsiveness and ability to "approach everything in a very straightforward way, with no messing around."

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