Employment, Pensions & Immigration
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Our pensions team operates out of our London, Leeds and Manchester offices and advises on all aspects of UK pensions law. Our clients include trustees of occupational pension schemes, employers, independent trustees, public authorities, private and third sector contractors, and insurers and life assurance companies.
Our advice covers day-to-day compliance, including the obligations under the pensions automatic enrolment legislation, and strategic decision making, such as projects to manage risk and change pension benefits. We also advise on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions and outsourcings from the public sector and between contractors. Working with our corporate insurance experts we also help with the de-risking of defined benefit pension schemes and with pension trustee liability insurance.
Supported by our specialist litigators, we advise on all aspects of pensions litigation, including complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman, court applications, claims under trustee liability insurance, and professional negligence claims.
Where appropriate, we draw on the experience of the rest of the firm, including our employment, corporate insurance, corporate, finance, property, infrastructure, dispute resolution and tax teams to give our clients the full support they require.
We are able to provide support on pensions and benefits across the globe.
In the Middle East, our offices advise companies and authorities on pension and benefit matters. We have advised governments on setting up workplace saving arrangements.
In Australia, our offices regularly advise on matters relating to superannuation. We undertake both litigious and corporate advisory work for super funds, providing advice on a variety of issues including taxation, compliance, regulation, fund remediation, industry complaints and life insurance disputes.
Acting for the Trustees of the Laiki Bank Pension Scheme on its entry into a PPF assessment period utilising a little used notice procedure under the Pensions Act 2004. We are continuing to act for the Trustees and are working with Cypriot lawyers in relation to the Trustees position as a...
Advising a multinational insurance company on its pension product designed to be in lieu of end of service gratuity, the mechanism and framework for the provision of this entitlement and its replacement.
Advising a Dubai-based investment management company on a proposal to establish a pension scheme for its employees.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is the statutory compensation fund for members of defined benefit pension schemes. We successfully acted for the PPF in the challenges to the application of its risk based levy in the High Court.
Providing on-going advice for the trustee of this GBP 165 million defined benefit occupational pension scheme.
Advising Abbey Life on a longevity transaction to provide the BMW Pension Scheme with a hedge for life expectancy associated with nearly £3 billion of pension scheme liabilities related to around 60,000 pensions, the largest deal of its kind.
Advising the Pall (UK) Pension Fund on its GBP 70 million index based longevity swap with JP Morgan. This was the first transaction of its kind providing a hedge against increases in longevity of the deferred members.
Advising a leading oil company on the winding up of its final salary pension scheme.
Advising our trustee clients on the interpretation of scheme rules and benefit entitlements of individual members, including the BMA Pension Scheme and the BUPA Home Healthcare Pension Scheme