Eversheds Sutherland

Pensions Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Strong London practice with expertise in the European pensions market. The team is able to leverage the firm's national and international footprint to advise on cross-border mandates. Established presence in innovative master pension schemes, as well as handling pension insurance and investment-related issues. Clients include trustees and corporate groups.

Strengths One client says: "They have delivered on every single deadline given and the information on complex technical subjects is simple and accessible."

Another notes: "We consider Eversheds to have an excellent team offering the highest level of client service."

Work highlights Advised the trustees of the General Motors pension schemes, including the Vauxhall Motors scheme, and negotiated with General Motors, regarding the terms on which the trustees agreed to switch sponsoring employer and accept a complex funding structure proposed by GM.

Notable practitioners

Francois Barker advises his clients on a wide range of pensions matters including scheme closure, funding arrangements and other transactional matters.

Jeremy Goodwin has many key strengths such as "his ability to develop innovative solutions and to communicate complex technical concepts in a straightforward manner." He has a broad practice leading on a wide array of pensions issues from defined benefit master trusts to issues arising from corporate restructuring.

Sarah Swift "is personable, encourages understanding for non-lawyers and bridges the gap between complex legal advice and application," according to clients. She advises both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes for clients in a variety of industries.

Steven Hull "provides expert guidance," according to impressed sources. He advises a broad range of clients on a variety of matters such as scheme demergers, funding arrangements and other day-to-day advice.