Eversheds Sutherland

Pensions Department

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What the team is known for Strong pensions practice, offering deep expertise across a wide variety of matters including public sector pension issues and master trusts. Frequently advises on the pensions implications of both national and international corporate transactions. Handles complex matters including equalisation and scheme finance, among others. Acts for an array of clients, including scheme trustees and large public sector sponsors.

Strengths An interviewee remarks: "The team have strong skills in this specialist area."

Another says: "It is a pleasure working with Eversheds Sutherland; the lawyers we deal with genuinely feel like partners within our team."

Work highlights Represented the Safeway Pension Scheme Trustee in court proceedings at both the Court of Appeal and the ECJ to determine the date on which normal retirement ages were validly equalised.

Notable practitioners

Emma King
is held in high regard for her expertise in pension scheme matters including scheme establishments, restructuring and closures to future accrual, advising both trustees and corporate sponsors. She also acts on authorisations for master trusts and scheme amendments.
"She is very much on the ball and is very good at what she does." "She is spot on; she knows what she is talking about and adds excellent value."

Gary Delderfield
acts on public sector pension matters including bulk scheme transfers and pension fund mergers as well as providing advice on contractual obligations during staff transfers.
"He is effective and gives clear advice." "He has a very good reputation in the market and is a specialist in public sector work."

Georgina Rankin
assists trustees and corporate sponsors with master trust authorisation, buy-ins, scheme amendments and liability management exercises.
"She is a very solid lawyer who is straight-talking and very technical."

Sarah Franklin
acts for trustees and sponsors on occupational pension scheme matters such as master trusts and defined benefit scheme transfers as well as liabilities following scheme closures.
"She looks after her clients very well."