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.

The team provides a 'combination of insightful, informed analysis and a commercial focus of efficient solutions'. 
Chambers UK 2018

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. 
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Mark Catchpole Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2059
M:  +44 7767 624 975 Email Mark | Vcard Office:  London

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Jezamine Fewins Partner

T:  +852 2533 2877
M:  +852 6083 5525 Email Jezamine | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong

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Chunfai Lui Partner

T:  +86 21 5385 2299
M:  +86 138 1613 0234 Email Chunfai | Vcard Office:  Shanghai

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Terence Seah Partner

T:  +65 6602 6605
M:  Email Terence | Vcard Office:  Singapore

Latest news & insights

17 May 2018

From Insights

All is not lost for EMI

Good news – on 15 May 2018, the European Commission announced that it had approved the prolongation of State Aid Relief for Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) arran..

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09 May 2018

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Pensions Snapshot - May 2018

This edition of snapshot summarises some of the key legal and regulatory developments that occurred up to the end of April 2018 in relation to occupational pension sch..

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26 Apr 2018

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Supreme Court rules on when notice takes effect

The Supreme Court has ruled that unless an employment contract provides otherwise notice to terminate employment takes effect from when the employee opens and reads th..

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26 Apr 2018

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GDPR – where do your share plans stand?

You should by now be well on your way to ensuring that you are able to show compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation, which applies from 25 May 2018. But..

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20 Apr 2018

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Is it the end of the road for EMI?

Enterprise Management Incentive options are widely granted to employees in small and medium sized companies - the tax advantages they offer employees are the most gene..

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20 Apr 2018

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Why the Burgess & others v Bic decision matters for pensions and wider trust law practitioners

Following the High Court ruling earlier this week, senior associate Naeem Noor shares his views on why the Burgess & others v Bic decision matters for pensions and wid..

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10 Apr 2018

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Pensions Snapshot - April 2018

This edition of snapshot summarises some of the key legal and regulatory developments that occurred up to the end of March 2018 in relation to occupational pension sch..

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09 Apr 2018

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New multi-employer part-time contracts. Is it open season for competitors?

In March 2018, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation Nasser Al Hamli issued a new Ministerial Decision to "improve flexibility in the labour market, cut costs ..

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06 Apr 2018

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Taxing times - All change for payments in lieu of notice

New tax rules apply to payments in lieu of notice paid in respect of employment terminations on or after 6 April 2018.

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19 Mar 2018

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The Supreme Court hands down its judgment in Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and held that it was fair for a school to dismiss a head teacher who f..

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07 Mar 2018

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Pensions Snapshot - March 2018

This edition of snapshot summarises some of the key legal and regulatory developments that occurred up to the end of February 2018 in relation to occupational pension ..

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26 Feb 2018

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STOP PRESS! New draft DIFC Employment Law published

A draft of the new proposed DIFC Employment Law ("proposed DIFC Law 6 of 2018") has been published for public consultation.

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20 Feb 2018

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BEIS announces increase to UK employment compensation limits

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2018 was laid before Parliament this week, announcing amendments to the calculation of statutory redundancy payments a..

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06 Feb 2018

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Pensions Snapshot - February 2018

This edition of snapshot summarises some of the key legal and regulatory developments that occurred up to the end of January 2018 in relation to occupational pension s..

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05 Feb 2018

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Stephenson Harwood employment and data protection teams recognised as 'Specialists in DIFC Data Protection Law'

Law firm Stephenson Harwood has been recognised by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Academy of Law as 'Specialists in DIFC Data Protection Law'.

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10 Jan 2018

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Pensions Snapshot - January 2018

This edition of snapshot summarises some of the key legal and regulatory developments that occurred up to the end of December 2017 in relation to occupational pension ..

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