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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

02 Sep 2019

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Pensions snapshot - September 2019

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09 Aug 2019

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

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01 Aug 2019

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Pensions snapshot - August 2019

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03 Jul 2019

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Pensions snapshot - July 2019

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26 Jun 2019

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Stephenson Harwood launches AI pension tool

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26 Jun 2019

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Court of Appeal provides guidance on the Pensions Regulator’s powers to issue a Financial Support Direction

In December 2001, the Pensions Regulator issued a Financial Support Direction (FSD) to certain companies in the ITV group (the Target) requesting that they provide sup..

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19 Jun 2019

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New obligations on trustees – disclosure and stewardship

Trustees will already be aware of additional disclosure obligations that will begin to apply to them from October this year, following the publication of Regulations i..

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03 Jun 2019

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Pensions snapshot - June 2019

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20 May 2019

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GDPR one year on - time for the annual data protection review

Now that we are one year on from the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we are assisting our clients with their annual data protection re..

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09 May 2019

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Pensions snapshot - May 2019

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

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09 May 2019

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DWP preaches conversion but is it a holy route out of GMP inequality?

Last month the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) issued guidance about how occupational pension schemes could use existing guaranteed minimum pension (GMP) conver..

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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

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