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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

11 Nov 2019

From Insights

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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28 Oct 2019

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Do you need to be a worker to have whistle-blower protection?

The Supreme Court recently considered this question in the case of Gilham v Ministry of Justice.

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23 Oct 2019

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DIFCA issues Dubai Employee Workplace Savings Scheme (DEWS) laws for consultation confirming the 1 January 2020 commencement date

The long awaited laws setting out the end of the unfunded End of Service Gratuity and the introduction of the obligation to provide eligible employees with the funded ..

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22 Oct 2019

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Burden of Proof in race discriminations claims

The Court of Appeal has held that if a manager lies in good faith about the reason for dismissal, this is enough to shift the burden of proof from employee to employer..

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14 Oct 2019

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GDPR - is consent valid in an employment context?

An employer in Greece has been fined €150,000 by the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (HDPA) for incorrectly purporting to rely on consent as its basis for processin..

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09 Oct 2019

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Retrospective equalisation – a possibility?

Since the EU decision of Barber in May 1990, occupational defined benefit pension schemes have been grappling with effectively equalising their normal retirement dates..

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07 Oct 2019

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Pensions snapshot - October 2019

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

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03 Oct 2019

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The Court’s strict interpretation of a job offer allows an employee to back out of their obligations with impunity

Recently in Law Ting Pong Secondary School v Chen Wai Wah [2019] HKCFI 2236, the Court of First Instance overturned the decision made by the Labour Tribunal concerning..

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12 Sep 2019

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Covert recording: Is it gross misconduct?

The EAT ruled in its recent decision of Phoenix House v Stockman, that if an employee takes a covert recording this conduct will often – but not always – justify their..

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02 Sep 2019

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Pensions snapshot - September 2019

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

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09 Aug 2019

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New investment and disclosure obligations on pension scheme trustees from October 2019

In our previous briefing, we commented on new obligations being imposed on trustees by the Occupational Pension Schemes (Investment and Disclosure) (Amendment) Regulat..

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01 Aug 2019

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Pensions snapshot - August 2019

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

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