Clifford Sims leads our Pensions Practice Group and is the UK lead for the firm’s Institutional Investors Group. He is recognised by Chambers UK as a leading individual for pensions and “an expert in investment and financial services in relation to occupational pensions” who is "extremely well organised, very commercial" and “is someone who is able to combine good technical knowledge with communications skills”; "very respectful but firm in his advice, is absolutely lovely and has a real ability to work with clients". The Legal 500 UK commented he is “more commercial than the average pensions lawyer” and “deeply knowledgeable”. He advises trustees, local authorities, sovereign wealth funds, product providers, investment banks and sponsoring employers on pensions and investment issues.
He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. He is the author of the investment chapter of Tolley’s Pensions Law and thought leadership white papers for the firm, Pensions in the Age of Austerity (2012) and In Sickness and in Health: Pensions and Social Care (2013).
Clifford is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers. He is a past chairman of both the Association of Pension Lawyers' investment committee and the investment committee of the Society of Pension Professionals. He was the only lawyer on the Department of Communities and Local Government’s working party on investment regulatory reform.