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Pensions advisory

Focused on protecting your pensions interests. We advise on the day-to-day management of pension schemes and help trustee boards, parent and subsidiary companies and charitable institutions meet their obligations. 
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Over many years, our large team of experts have helped trustee boards, employers, charities, institutions and public bodies to meet their pensions obligations. Clients include global corporations such as Sherwin-Williams, O-I Group, McGraw-Hill/Standard & Poors, KPMG, GDF Cofely and JLT, and charities such as Barnardo's and the Royal Horticultural Society.

By drawing together a large group of specialists each with a wide range of experience, we are able to develop individual solutions to our clients’ pensions issues. We are based in one location so that we can work together to develop solutions to complex problems.

Whilst we are often involved in cutting-edge pensions law, we are also known for our practical, commercial and plain advice on the day-to-day pension issues. We don’t over-complicate the complicated.

We are experts in setting up, reconstructing and closing down all manner of pension schemes. Our large team is committed to helping you address your current and future pension requirements. Whether you are an employer, trustee or pensions professional, our focus is on protecting your pension interests.

"The quality of advice and level of service we have received … in relation to our pension scheme has been outstanding." – Miles Buckinghamshire, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Barnardo's Pension Scheme.

"They have excellent knowledge, and a solution-oriented approach."
Chambers UK 2018

Board of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), change in levy calculation

Advised in relation to a unique and multi-disciplined project changing the calculation of the PPF levy.

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.

Proposed changes to pension scheme benefit structure

Advising on changes to pension scheme which led to discovering an error in the documentation. We are advising on the consequences, and methods for remedying, that error.

Negotiating a funding agreement

Advised on pioneering work in relation to a significant difference of opinion on the interpretation of a key power, resulting in negotiating a separate funding agreement.

Bulk annuity purchase

Advising the Jardine Lloyd Thompson pension scheme trustees on purchasing a series of bulk annuity policies from the Prudential covering approximately £210 million of liabilities in aggregate.

Corporate restructuring

Advised a leading publishing company on a restructuring to deal with its pensions deficit.

Public sector outsourcing

Advise contractors on the pensions aspects of public sector outsourcing contracts.

Asset-backed funding

Advising trustees on entering into asset backed funding structures (including advice to the trustees of TUI Travel Group pension scheme on the use of brands in this context).

Automatic enrolment

Advising employers on the application of automatic enrolment requirements for staff working both in the UK and abroad.

Responsibility for historic pension liabilities

Advised GDF Cofely on complex pensions issues arising from a business purchase, including extracting it from the group-wide pension arrangements.

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Mark Catchpole Partner

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Latest news & insights

09 Apr 2019

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What trustees and sponsors need to know from recent case law

The courts have offered essential guidance to sponsors and trustees in a number of cases over the past 12 months. This briefing discusses some of the most 'need to kno..

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04 Apr 2019

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Is retrospective equalisation possible?

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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02 Apr 2019

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Pensions snapshot - April 2019

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

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19 Mar 2019

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Dividends, recovery plans and long-term funding targets

Trustees and sponsors of defined benefit pension schemes should be aware of the annual funding statement issued by the Pensions Regulator in March 2019.

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07 Mar 2019

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Pensions snapshot - March 2019

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

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13 Feb 2019

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Watch out, watch out – the Regulator's about

Sponsors must now, more than ever, ensure that they keep their defined benefit pension schemes at the forefront of their minds - particularly when embarking on corpora..

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04 Feb 2019

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Pensions snapshot - February 2019

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

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16 Jan 2019

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Pensions in 2019 - our top six

2019 promises to be another busy year for the pensions sector. This briefing picks out six topics that will be of interest to employers and trustees in the coming mont..

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14 Jan 2019

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Pensions snapshot - January 2019

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

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09 Jan 2019

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Court gives important guidance on justifying pension provisions which are potentially discriminatory

The Court of Appeal handed down a decision on 20 December 2018 declaring the government's transitional arrangements in respect of judicial and firefighter pension sche..

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10 Dec 2018

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Pensions snapshot - December 2018

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

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05 Dec 2018

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Indexation under the BT Pension Scheme: the Court of Appeal's decision

The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in the most recent instalment in the case law determining when pension schemes can switch indices for the purposes of ..

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23 Nov 2018

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Moving to a Master Trust

In the last five years, there has been an enormous growth in master trusts. They now house over 10 million employees

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13 Nov 2018

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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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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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