Burness Paull

Pensions Department

Scotland
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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 Sources say: "They are a firm you want to turn to in a crisis: the quality of their advice is very high, they are pragmatic in approach and they seek to really support clients and understand their needs."

An interviewee adds: "Burness Paul provide the support we need in a way which suits us. They are strong technically and well organised."

Work highlights Advised Insight Venture Partners on the pensions aspects of its investment in ContractPod Technologies.

Notable practitioners


Deborah Adam
acts on a broad array of pensions matters, including buy-ins, scheme transfers and wind-ups.
"She deals with matters promptly, gives clear, concise advice and takes a commercial approach."


Margaret Meehan
has a renowned practice advising on pension restructurings, tranfers and wind-ups for trustees and employers. She also provides advice on liability matters as well as GMP equalisation.
"She is responsive, helpful and provides clear guidance in an understandable way."


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.
"She is a technically sound and practical lawyer."