Pensions

Our global pensions team regularly advises on the market’s most complex and high-profile deals, providing an integrated service which covers all aspects of pensions law with an emphasis on corporate support. We work with clients from a wide range of industries, in both the private and public sectors, including sponsoring employers, trustees and other fiduciaries, buyers, investors, lenders, insurers and retail pension/superannuation providers.

“They are a highly personal and responsible team that is not only at the forefront in terms of knowledge, but also approachable and a pleasure to work with.” Chambers UK, 2020

Our lawyers provide pragmatic and cost-effective advice on all types of registered and unregistered pension arrangements, helping clients negotiate increasingly complex legal and regulatory requirements governing this area globally. Our work includes advising on regulatory compliance, pensions scheme mergers and establishing new pension arrangements, as well as offshore and third-country national plans and multijurisdictional corporate transactions.

With offices across the globe, including in the world’s business centers, our lawyers are able to draw upon the experience of our other global practice teams, including employment and labor, tax and banking and finance to offer tailored advice to our clients’ individual needs and requirements.

The UK world of retirement benefits provision covers remuneration, disputes and industrial relations, accounting, investment planning and regulation, long-term funding and cash flow requirements, regulatory compliance and risks, tax impacts, data protection and data handling, and fiduciary duties. A lot can go wrong, but we help our clients get it right. 

We have an experienced team of pension lawyers experienced in planning, keeping arrangements working and up-to-date, and solving problems as and when they arise. We take a practical approach and provide our clients with options.

We are used to looking at a problem from all angles and understand the relevant stakeholders. We advise in relation to a variety of plans, from legacy defined benefit and hybrid schemes to occupational defined contribution and group personal pension schemes and now master trusts, and from multi-billion dollar arrangements through to one or two-member plans. So whatever the issue, we can help.

Our areas of work include

  • Defined benefit arrangements
  • Defined contribution and hybrid arrangements
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • International pensions
  • Pension plan documentation
  • Pension plan mergers, acquisitions and disposals
  • Regulatory issues
  • Retirement savings arrangements
  • Risk advisory
  • Superannuation
  • Tax
  • Terminations and wind-ups
  • Treatment of pension surplus and deficits

Awards and accolades

  • Chambers UK, London: Pensions, Chambers and Partners, 2020
  • Legal 500 UK, London: Pensions (Non-Contentious), The Legal 500, 2020
  • Legal 500 UK, London: Pensions: Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500, 2020

Knowledge

United Kingdom

Publication

UK: Pensions Briefing: Brexit and pensions

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UK: Pensions briefing: RPI and CPI

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UK: Pensions Briefing: Tax clarifications remove one of the key remaining obstacles to GMP equalisation

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