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Burness Paull

Pensions

4 ranked lawyersBand 2ScotlandUK 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Prominent group that handles pensions matters arising from corporate transactions, refinancings, restructurings and private equity investments. Expertise spans occupational and personal pension schemes. Possesses extensive experience advising trustees and companies in the oil and gas, finance and public sectors. Experienced in handling cross-border matters.

Strengths

A client says: "Very good, collaborative, and worked well with us to find solutions."

Another client appreciates the team's "excellent and prompt service."

A source says: "An excellent team - calm, collected, they really know what they're doing."

Work highlights

Advised aviation services business John Menzies group on the circumstances in which its defined benefit pension scheme could be wound up triggering liabilities on the company, the pensions implications of the sale and leaseback of its base to a property investment company, and the termination and winding up of its defined contribution pension scheme following a transfer of those benefits to an alternative vehicle.

Notable practitioners

Deborah Adam acts on a broad array of pensions matters, including buy-ins, scheme transfers and wind-ups.

Liam Young is recommended for his work on the treatment of pensions and benefits schemes in corporate transactions, scheme de-risking strategies and insolvency restructurings.
"Calm and solution-focused under pressure." "Liam Young was really good running the case - he had the confidence of his client, gave technically good advice and explained the concepts well."

Margaret Meehan has a renowned practice advising on pension restructurings, transfers and wind-ups for trustees and employers. She also provides advice on liability matters as well as GMP equalisation.
"Brilliant technically and an all-round very effective lawyer." "She is very good at seeing the commercial perspective."

Sarah Phillips advises on a broad range of pensions matters, including scheme closures, flexible apportionment arrangements and liability issues. She also acts on the pension aspects of multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions.
"Sarah has exceptional knowledge of this subject; she’s also very approachable, and a lawyer who appreciates that it's a complicated subject and so explains things clearly and takes the client with her when she briefs them."

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Pensions

Burness Paull

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Location

50 Lothian Road

Festival Square

Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh

UK

EH3 9WJ

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Scotland

Pensions


Deborah Adam
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Liam Young
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Margaret Meehan
Band 1
Sarah Phillips
Band 1