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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. 
Lawyer

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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Terence Seah Partner

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

Latest news & insights

27 Mar 2020

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Vento bands increase

The bands of compensation that employment tribunals can award for injury to feelings in discrimination and whistleblowing cases, known as Vento bands, will increase ne..

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25 Mar 2020

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Managing the COVID-19 risks: Guidance from the Pensions Regulator and actions for pension scheme trustees

In this pensions update we summarise the guidance recently provided by the Pensions Regulator (TPR) on those risks; and suggest actions that trustees could take in ord..

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24 Mar 2020

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Employers do not have to report gender pay gaps as they deal with COVID-19 crisis

In 2017, rules were introduced under the Equality Act for employers with 250 or more employees to report their gender pay gap data and make it publicly available on th..

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23 Mar 2020

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COVID-19: What should employers be doing to help protect employees’ mental health when working from home?

The physical symptoms of the novel COVID-19 virus are well publicised, but what steps should employers take to help protect employees’ mental health at this unpreceden..

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20 Mar 2020

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COVID-19: Navigating the new world of working remotely, self-isolation and sick pay

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, businesses are having to grapple with increasingly tricky issues around WR, self-isolation and sick pay. Whilst many employers have..

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20 Mar 2020

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Government announces IR35 reforms will be deferred until April 2021

The Government has announced that it is delaying the implementation of IR35 tax reforms, previously due to take effect from 6 April 2020, until April 2021, as part of ..

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18 Mar 2020

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Three key steps for running a virtual trustee meeting

​In these times of restricted movement operating a normal trustee meeting isn’t easy. Spring trustee meetings are likely to be held by telephone or even video call, pr..

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13 Mar 2020

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Statutory Sick Pay now applies for employees who self-isolate from coronavirus

New regulations have come into force today (13 March 2020), which extend statutory sick pay (“SSP”) to employees who are self-isolating to prevent infection or contami..

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12 Mar 2020

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Covid-19: Helping employers to navigate next steps

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, employers are increasingly asking questions about working from home (“WFH”), self-isolation and sick pay. We’ve created a helpful ..

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12 Mar 2020

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Budget 2020 – Key points for employers

Yesterday’s Budget understandably focussed on the impact of coronavirus on the UK economy. We are regularly advising clients on the many different HR/employment law is..

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06 Mar 2020

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When is best practice not best practice?

Best practice guidance is often very helpful but it should not be blindly followed for three very important reasons.

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05 Mar 2020

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Annual increase to employment compensation limits

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2020 has been laid before Parliament, setting out increases to the compensation limits and minimum awards payable unde..

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04 Mar 2020

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Pensions snapshot - March 2020

This edition of snapshot looks at the latest legal developments in pensions.

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25 Feb 2020

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Novel coronavirus webcast: International trade and the employment concerns

With the growing impact of the novel coronavirus, international trade and employment specialists from Stephenson Harwood recently spoke at a webinar for in-house lawye..

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19 Feb 2020

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What are some of the key legal changes for employers in April 2020?

There are a number of employment law changes coming into force in April 2020. We focus on two key changes which employers should be aware of.

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06 Feb 2020

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Brexit snapshot - Brexit and immigration law issues

The European Union Withdrawal Act 2018, as amended by the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, (the “Act”) repealed the European Communities Act 1972 (the “..

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