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. 
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

13 Nov 2018

From Insights

Barnardo's indexation case: Supreme Court adds another piece to the jigsaw

The Supreme Court has given judgment on the next instalment in the case law determining when pension schemes can switch indices for the purposes of revaluation and ind..

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07 Nov 2018

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Stephenson Harwood secures Supreme Court clarification for trustees of Barnardo's staff pension scheme

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised the trustees of Barnardo's staff pension scheme on a long-running legal process, culminating in a Supreme Court decision.

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06 Nov 2018

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Pensions snapshot - November 2018

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

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05 Nov 2018

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GMP equalisation – an answer to a thirty-year-old question?

A question frequently kicked into the long grass by the pensions industry was whether guaranteed minimum pensions had to be equalised between male and female members. ..

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25 Oct 2018

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Court of Appeal hands down significant judgment in WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc ("Morrisons") v Various Claimants [2018] EWCA Civ 2339

On 22 October 2018, the Court of Appeal handed down a significant judgment in WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants [2018] EWCA Civ 2339.

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17 Oct 2018

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Pensions consolidation team

Find out more about how our pensions consolidation team can help trustees and sponsoring employers take the first steps on the journey to buy-out benefits.

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08 Oct 2018

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Pensions Snapshot - October 2018

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

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19 Sep 2018

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Employee competition podcasts

Our mini-series of podcasts is designed to equip you with an understanding of how best to protect your business from employee competition.

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07 Sep 2018

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Pensions Snapshot - September 2018

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

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04 Sep 2018

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The journey to pension scheme consolidation

Find out about how the Stephenson Harwood pensions team can support trustees and sponsoring employers on their approach to consolidation.

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24 Aug 2018

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Tier 2 Sponsors – are you ready for a Home Office compliance visit?

Are you aware that the Home Office is permitted to conduct unannounced compliance visits? It can use these visits to check if you are aware of and comply with your spo..

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14 Aug 2018

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Pensions Snapshot - August 2018

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

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16 Jul 2018

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises on Piramal Imaging sale

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised on the sale of Piramal Imaging SA to UK based medical imaging services provider Alliance Medical Group.

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05 Jul 2018

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Pensions Snapshot - July 2018

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

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02 Jul 2018

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Stephenson Harwood partner Kate Brearley co-authors seminal text on employee competition

Law firm Stephenson Harwood announces the publication of the fourth edition of Bloch & Brearley: Employment Covenants and Confidential Information; Law, Practice & Tec..

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13 Jun 2018

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Supreme Court rules on key "employment status" case

In the high profile case, Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another (Appellants) v Smith (Respondent), the Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by Pimlico Plumbers concerning ..

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