Allen & Overy LLP

Pensions Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for A leading practice offering innovative de-risking solutions and advice on changes to cross-border pension schemes. Additionally recommended for its regulatory proficiency and for work on the pensions aspects of complex corporate transactions. Regularly advises both trustee and sponsor clients on strategic decisions, projects and technically demanding areas of pensions law.

Strengths Sources note: "They are really commercial, knowledgeable and very lovely and easy to work with. They are incredibly responsive, and the quality of the advice is really good."

One client commends the firm's "combination of complete technical mastery of complicated legalities coupled importantly with a very commercial approach."

Another interviewee reports: "I appreciate their advice and contribution. They help us work through complex legal issues and offer practical and clear advice."

Work highlights Advised the Trustees of T&N Pension Scheme on legal issues relating to the PPF assessment period, including the Section 143 valuation and the appeal of that valuation to the PPF Ombudsman, as well as Pensions Ombudsman and High Court.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Cork
handles complex transactions involving pension funds. He is go-to adviser for a number of major pensions' trustees.
"He is very collaborative and focused on getting clients in the right place."

Däna Burstow
has a wealth of experience in pensions-related matters. She is knowledgeable about the full range of pensions issues facing employers and trustees, including cross-border transactions, scheme valuations and liability management.

Derek Sloan
continues to offer expert counsel on the full range of complex pensions issues. He regularly advises trustees and employers on scheme restructuring and the pensions implications of major corporate transactions.

Jane Higgins
is noted for handling complex issues within the pensions space. She is called upon by trustees and employers for guidance on compliance, governance and scheme changes.
"Her strengths are good technical knowledge, pragmatism and quick turnaround."

Jessica Kerslake
provides advice on the full range of issues facing pensions trustees and sponsors.
"She is an excellent person to deal with - very able and very approachable." "She is clear, a good communicator, thorough and detailed."

Neil Bowden
assists employers and trustees of major pension plans with handling the full range of regulatory and transactional challenges affecting their schemes.
"Neil Bowden is a good communicator and pragmatic."