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Our pensions practice is among the market leaders in the provision of pensions legal advice and our experience and international capability enables us to advise efficiently and effectively on issues arising in the changing pensions climate.

With over 65 lawyers across Europe, US and Asia, we are best known for helping clients deal with the complex pensions issues they face. Our practice covers not only traditional "pensions law" areas but the much wider range of legal issues that are now relevant, including investment, asset backed funding, longevity risk transfers and unusually among pensions lawyers, we have substantial experience in pension investment matters.

Diverse client base

We provide the complete range of legal services to a diversified client base, both domestic and international, comprising pension trustees, industrial and commercial corporations, public companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, private equity houses, fund managers and local authorities. This broad client base gives us a level of experience in areas which many of our competitors cannot match.

Integration with our non-pensions colleagues ensures our pensions specialists are exposed to a broader range of clients and issues than our competitors. We believe this ensures the broadest pension practice of any of the leading firms, encompassing not only pension scheme work but transactional, investment finance and pension litigation work.

Specialist Pensions Investment advisors

We believe we know the specifics of the pensions investment market much better than other firms. Investments by pension funds and CIFs raise some very particular issues that other pensions lawyers and other law firms are often not familiar with. We are unique in the way our practice integrates experts across practice areas and across jurisdictions to ensure that we can provide complete coverage of all specialist investment asset classes and delivery platforms. Our clients include not only employers and trustees but also insurers, investment managers and pension product providers.

International capability

With pensions being an increasingly multi-jurisdictional concern, our Firm's experience and international capability enable us to advise efficiently and effectively on issues arising not only in the UK but across Europe as well. We are the first and only international law firm who have established a dedicated international IORP Group. The IORP Group's expertise covers in depth knowledge of the relevant pension legislation enabling us to give expert advice on all aspects regarding pension funds and IORPs. Our partners are recognised leaders in the fields of pensions and investment management, including asset pooling and pension pooling.

Client experience

  • Advising Citigroup on the transfer of the EMI Group Pension Fund to Citigroup and in turn to Pensions Insurance Corporation.  This is the largest ever pension buyout in the UK, and was done on an "all risk" basis.