Employment, pensions and incentives
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Employment, pensions and incentives

Our employment, pensions and incentives group is a multidisciplinary team, able to advise on both litigation and advisory matters. For over 30 years we have provided a "full service" legal and support function to our clients.
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Known for our clear and commercial advice that reflects market practice, we have a wealth of experience and are valued for our sensible approach.

Employment

We design and roll out HR policies, review executive pay, co-ordinate employment cost-cutting exercises and advise on contentious employment issues.

Pensions

We advise both pension scheme trustees and sponsors on legal issues they face when operating a pension scheme and provide not only standalone advisory, pensions-related dispute resolution and corporate transactional support.

Employee incentives

Our team are experts at designing bespoke remuneration structures to suit clients' specific objectives.

With over 40 lawyers covering key jurisdictions in Europe, Middle East and Asia, we’re perfectly placed to offer an integrated cross-border approach to employment, pensions and employee incentives.

“They're excellent at providing straightforward, practical advice. THAT'S why I go to Stephenson Harwood.”
GC of a Global Insurance Company, client research 2015

Employment

LIBOR and FX Spot Manipulation allegations 

Advised financial institutions and high net worth individuals involved in LIBOR and FX Spot Manipulation allegations on complex issues of legal privilege, whistleblowing and employee incentives, including successfully litigating on these issues.

Long standing international banking client

Advised on the drafting of a complex remuneration package for a senior hire (including shares, deferred performance bonds, cash bonus buy-out payments and first year guarantees).  As a Level 1 PRA-regulated firm the package had to comply with the bank's regulatory obligations including forfeiture and claw back. 

Lachlan Forbes v Parker Drilling Inc. & ITS Ltd

Successfully defended a claim for unfair dismissal and breach of contract which involved complex jurisdictional questions (Cyprus, Scotland, England).


Pensions

Trustees of the Barnardo Staff Pension Scheme, Construction of RPI

Advised the trustees on a claim for construction of the definition of "Retail Prices Index" in the scheme rules (Miles Buckinghamshire and others v Barnardo's and others [2015]).

Board of the Pension Protection Fund ("PPF"), Dispute on Compensation

Represented the PPF in an ongoing dispute, effectively seeking to challenge the scope of PPF compensation (Grenville Holden Hampshire v The Board of the Pension Protection Fund [2014]).

Pension fund claim against global fund manager

Advised the trustee board of a multi-billion pound pension fund in relation to a multi-million pound claim against one of the world's largest fund managers for negligence and breach of investment mandate.

Impact of company sale on pension

Advised the trustee of a multi-national healthcare company on the potential debt arising in relation to its pension plan as a result of a sale and the management/reduction of that debt.


Employee incentives

incadea plc

Advised on the first maturity of awards granted under a long term incentive plan and in relation to the impact of a takeover offer on outstanding awards. 

Financial services  

Advised a number of banks on the technical and practical implications of claw back, in particular in the context of new hires who are seeking to have their existing entitlements "bought out". 

Estate agent 

Advised a well-known family owned estate agent on the introduction of a bespoke share plan to incentivise key employees, with a tailored exit strategy to enable award holders to realise value. 
Lawyer

Mark Catchpole Partner

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Arthur Loke Senior partner and alliance chairman

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Shiraz Sethi Associate

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Latest news & insights

16 Nov 2016

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The Investment Association takes a less prescriptive stance on executive pay structures

The IA has published revised principles of remuneration together with an open letter to the Remuneration Committee Chairmen of FTSE 350 companies which sets out issues..

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07 Nov 2016

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Pensions snapshot - November 2016

This edition of snapshot summarises some of the key legal and regulatory developments that occurred up to the end of October 2016 in relation to occupational pension s..

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14 Oct 2016

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Court of Appeal locks commission into holiday pay

Friday 7 October 2016 saw the Court publish its decision in the case of Lock and another v British Gas Trading, upholding the EAT's decision.

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10 Oct 2016

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Pensions snapshot - October 2016

This edition of snapshot summarises some of the key legal and regulatory developments that occurred up to the end of September 2016 in relation to occupational pension..

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20 Sep 2016

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Hong Kong court affirms implied anti-avoidance term in contracts

The Court of Appeal has recently affirmed a decision of the High Court that it is possible to imply an anti-avoidance term in an employment contract.

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05 Sep 2016

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Pensions snapshot - September 2016

This edition of snapshot summarises some of the key legal and regulatory developments that occurred up to the end of August 2016 in relation to occupational pension sc..

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15 Aug 2016

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Final Report from Executive Remuneration Working Group

The Executive Remuneration Working Group has published its Final Report on its review of executive remuneration in UK listed companies. In our update in May we summari..

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08 Aug 2016

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Pensions snapshot - August 2016

This edition of snapshot summarises some of the key legal and regulatory developments that occurred up to the end of July 2016 in relation to occupational pension sche..

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07 Jul 2016

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Pensions snapshot - July 2016

This edition of snapshot summarises some of the key legal and regulatory developments that occurred up to the end of June 2016 in relation to occupational pension sche..

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24 Jun 2016

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BREXIT: What now?

The results of the referendum on whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union are in and the British public have voted to leave. What does this mean?

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24 Jun 2016

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Time to go - what happens next?

We don't yet know exactly what form the "Brexit" will take, and any changes which do result from the outcome of the referendum are likely to take a number of years. We..

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22 Jun 2016

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Supreme Court confirms that immigration status is not a protected characteristic

The Supreme Court has today handed down its judgment in Taiwo v Olaigbe in which it has confirmed that, although immigration status is a function of nationality, the t..

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09 Jun 2016

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Getting the green light

The changes to the PDMR rules are forcing companies to review the way in which they operate their share plans. PDMRs will also need to consider when they can take acti..

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09 Jun 2016

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Pensions snapshot - June 2016

This edition of snapshot summarises some of the key legal and regulatory developments that occurred up to the end of May 2016 in relation to occupational pension schem..

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17 May 2016

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Remuneration structures for listed companies – are they fit for purpose?

A working group of the Investment Association has published an interim report on its review of executive pay in UK listed companies.

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10 May 2016

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Pensions snapshot - May 2016

This edition of snapshot summarises some of the key legal and regulatory developments that occurred up to the end of February 2016 in relation to occupational pension ..

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