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Our pensions team is one of the largest in the UK with a national client base and reputation.

We provide a full pensions law advice service to both employers and pension scheme trustees, working with some of the UK’s largest companies and schemes, across a range of sectors, as well as public service and voluntary organisations.

Our work encompasses the full range of legal advice in relation to UK pension schemes from day-to-day benefit queries and member complaints to large scale restructuring and liability management projects.

The team works closely with our pensions litigation practice when our clients need their input and can draw on other areas of the firm, such as wider employment, investment and tax specialisms, to provide a seamless quality of service with the minimum of fuss. Whatever your needs, we work hard to listen to you, ask the right questions and tailor our advice to get you the right result.

A number of our team members have in-house, industry or other specialist experience which helps us to identify practical and commercial solutions for our clients. We also have close links to the key pensions regulatory bodies, in particular through secondment of staff to the Pension Protection Fund and through partner Suzanne Duff (who was formerly part of the legal team at the Pensions Regulator and was instrumental in the drafting of the Pensions Act 2004 whilst seconded to the DWP). This level of industry insight and expertise is what helps us stand out from the crowd. 

"They are thoroughly knowledgeable and good in terms of responding. We are completely satisfied with them as our advisers."

"All of the lawyers we have dealt with have exceptional knowledge of pension schemes but are prepared to take the time and make the effort to explain issues in a way that can be understood by a layperson."

Chambers 2017

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Partner
T:+44 (0)191 279 9514

What we do

We have particular experience in the following areas:

  • Scheme documentation
  • Pension scheme restructuring including closures, mergers and benefit redesign
  • Liability management exercises
  • Pensions aspects of corporate restructuring
  • Public sector pensions
  • Clearance applications to the Pensions Regulator and liaising with the Pension Protection Fund (PPF)
  • Scheme investment and funding, including PPF levies and contingent assets
  • Pensions flexibility changes
  • Equal treatment and discrimination reviews
  • Auto-Enrolment
  • Pensions litigation