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Pension rights and regulations are never far from the headlines. A highly regulated and complex field, employees are increasingly aware and protective of their rights, and businesses of all shapes and sizes must ensure compliance, or risk huge financial penalties.

Our experienced team of pension specialists provides in-depth expertise on all aspects of pension regulation and management, offering a refreshingly commercial, practical approach.

Since pensions touch on a range of other issues, our specialist service incorporates expertise across our commercial, employment, property, tax and corporate departments to provide a truly integrated service to employers and trustees alike, covering all aspects of pensions law.

We have extensive experience of private sector arrangements, whether defined benefit or defined contribution schemes. If you’re a scheme trustee or company director with responsibility for your organisation’s pensions, we offer bespoke training, as well as tailored legal updates on relevant issues, so you can keep your finger on the pulse and be confident in your decisions.

We also have expertise in all the main public sector pension schemes, in particular the LGPS, NHSPS, TPS and PCSPS. We regularly act for both participating employers, administering authorities and third party contractors on such schemes

And should the worst happen, our highly-rated commercial litigation team have the legal firepower to take on contentious pension cases in the courts and before the Pensions Ombudsman.

Our comprehensive service and expert advice gives you confidence that you are looking after the very best interests of your employees, whilst offering protection to your organisation and those responsible for the pension scheme. Rest assured, with us, you’re in safe hands.

Our services
  • Advice on company pension schemes, personal pensions, SIPPs and unregistered schemes
  • Advising employers and Trustees on the governance, funding, redesign, repair, closing and winding-up of occupational pension schemes
  • Advising administering authorities, employers and third party contractors on public sector pension schemes
  • Advising employers on workplace pension schemes, personal pensions, SIPPs, SSASs and unregistered schemes
  • Advising on all aspects of pensions in corporate transactions
  • Auto-enrolment
  • Compliance and documentation
  • Litigation and Pensions Ombudsman complaints
  • Pensions and insolvency/restructuring
  • Trustee training

What we're thinking

  • The Art of Rectification

    Asking a court to rectify a mistake in pension documents is an arduous task. The law is complex and the evidence required is detailed. The recent High Court case of Re Mitchells and Butlers Pension Plan provides a leading example of how to do it right.

  • Protected Pension Age

    The government has recently set out its proposals for increasing the Minimum Pension Age from 55 to 57, effective in 2028 when the State Pension Age will be increased to 67 for all.

  • Amendments to the notifiable events regime

    The notifiable events regime was always intended as an early warning mechanism for the Pensions Regulator, alerting it to corporate activity that might adversely affect pension schemes, but as currently worded the regime only causes events to be notified as and when they are happening rather than before.

  • Important judgment for SIPP Providers and Investors

    The Court of Appeal, through the decision in Adams v Carey has set out an important judgment as regards the scope of duties owed by SIPP operators, as well as the statutory construction of section 27 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

  • Directors, don’t neglect your pension scheme

    This month's White Paper on protecting defined benefit (DB) pension schemes aims to strengthen the Pensions Regulator's powers to protect final salary pensions with tough new measures to deal with company bosses who put pension schemes at risk.