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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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Terence Seah Partner

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

Latest news & insights

19 Feb 2020

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

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06 Feb 2020

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06 Feb 2020

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Brexit snapshot - Brexit and employment law issues

Although a significant proportion of UK employment law is derived from the EU, it is anticipated that the impact of Brexit on UK employment law will be fairly limited ..

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03 Feb 2020

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Pensions snapshot - February 2020

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

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27 Jan 2020

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Cracking down on culture

Regulatory scrutiny of workplace culture and the handling of non-financial misconduct

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20 Jan 2020

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15 Jan 2020

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07 Jan 2020

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Could PPF levies be on the rise?

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has recently had to re-think the level of benefits it provides members following the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) de..

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09 Dec 2019

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Whistleblowing dismissal: Supreme Court looks at the real reason behind a dismissal

If a dismissing officer relies, in good faith, on a fake reason for dismissal should the court look beyond that fake reason?

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02 Dec 2019

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Pensions snapshot - December 2019

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

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25 Nov 2019

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Does covert surveillance of employees violate their human rights?

A recent case involving a Spanish supermarket installing covert surveillance to monitor employees suspected of stealing has provided some useful guidance for employers..

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11 Nov 2019

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Do loose lips sink ships?

Does advice about dismissing “difficult” employees remain “off the record” when there is a risk that advice is discriminatory?

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07 Nov 2019

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Do your employees use WhatsApp?

Do your employees use WhatsApp for business communication? If so, you should consider having a policy in place setting out your position on the use of such apps.

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07 Nov 2019

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Create or update a social media and internet policy

Anne Pritam, Imogen Heywood and Kate Higgins write for the Employment Law Journal about how employers can protect their business with a robust and effective social med..

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04 Nov 2019

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Pensions snapshot - November 2019

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

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30 Oct 2019

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The Pension Schemes Bill – new powers for the Pensions Regulator

The Pension Schemes Bill proposes changes to a number of areas of pensions law. This briefing takes a look at some of the key points that sponsors and trustees should ..

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