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Eversheds Sutherland

Pensions

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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

A client comments: "It is a great team with true strength in depth and a focus on quality. There is a consistent, potent level of expertise and client-handling skill among their pensions partners. I've yet to find an area they can't cover with confidence."

Another interviewee notes: "Overall the firm provides a first-class service and is very good at responding to our requirements. The lawyers are really accessible and the speed of response is first rate."

A source says: "Our experience of working with Eversheds is exceptionally positive. They have been clear, calm, personable, proactive and very much on the ball."

Work highlights

Counselled John Lewis through its consultation exercise in relation to the closure of the defined benefit section of its pension scheme and on redesigning its defined contribution section to reflect the comments received from the consultation exercise.

Notable practitioners

Francois Barker is well regarded for his experience advising large pensions schemes on an array of transactions including defined benefit scheme closure and restructuring issues.
"With regard to ideas, I always find him to be very pragmatic. He keeps things simple and is very good at looking at the law and giving advice. He takes complex matters and puts them into a simple solution. He is a real blessing in a lawyer, someone who can wade into the complexity and come up with practical solutions." 

Jeremy Goodwin is sought after for his expertise in an array of pension schemes, including restructuring, defined benefit and consolidation fund issues.

Sarah Swift offers advice on restructuring, defined benefit and defined contribution schemes and matters involving the Pensions Regulator.
"Excellent and very well informed."

Steven Hull is noted for his expertise handling large-scale pensions fund matters, frequently advising a wide range of trustees and corporations. He offers particular experience in funding negotiations and restructuring issues.
"His strengths are depth of knowledge and his ability to convey information at the right level and pace to make you feel comfortable."

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Pensions Department

Eversheds Sutherland

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Department location

1 Wood Street

London

Greater London

UK

EC2V 7WS

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Pensions


Francois Barker
Band 2
Jeremy Goodwin
Band 3
Sarah Swift
Band 4
Steven Hull
Band 4