Helen Miles is a partner in our Pensions Practice Group and has been practicing as a pensions lawyer, based in the UK Midlands, since qualifying in 1994. Helen has practiced at partner level in global legal practices since 2002.

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 windups, and trustee training.

Helen deals with the pension arrangements of businesses in the automotive, 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 been recommended in Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK for more than 15 years. Following outstanding client feedback, Helen was named as a star lawyer in the Acritas StarsTM global database, 2018, with clients noting her “technical detail and manner” make her stand out.

Helen has a significant number of trustee clients, including several where she has acted as legal adviser for more than 15 years.

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  • Acting for trustees of pension plans for two leading UK luxury carmakers, each in relation to projects to change future defined benefit accrual.
  • Advising a UK employer in an international food processing group regarding closure of its UK defined benefit pension provision (final salary and career average), removal of salary linkage and updates to defined contribution pension arrangements for a multisite unionised workforce.
  • Advising on UK pension issues on employee transfer in a US$3.8 billion business sale for an international industrial group.
  • In the charities sector, Helen advises the trustees of the occupational pension plans of a leading animal welfare charity, and of a residential care charity.

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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