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 Sources say: "The firm has a very strong and well-resourced pensions team which is easy to do business with."

"Eversheds have proved extremely diligent and thorough," remarks an interviewee, as another adds: "They are very pragmatic in their advice."

Work highlights Advised Legal & General on its £2.4 billion buyout of the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan. The transaction had been complicated by the plan's sponsor entering administration and the plan subsequently entering a Pension Protection Fund assessment period.

Notable practitioners

Francois Barker "is articulate, knowledgeable and brings a can-do attitude," according to market sources. He is well regarded for his experience of advising large pensions schemes on an array of transactions including DB closure and restructuring issues.

Jeremy Goodwin is sought after for his expertise in a array of pension schemes, including restructuring, defined benefit and consolidation fund issues. Sources remark: "His advice is always balanced and pragmatic."

Sarah Swift "inspires a lot of confidence and is able to articulate her view in an understandable way," report market commentators. She is well regarded for her experience in regularly advising a range of clients on restructuring, insolvency and regulatory pension scheme matters.

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.