Eversheds Sutherland

Pensions Department

North East & Yorkshire
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What the team is known for Renowned pensions team that draws on the international capabilities of the firm to provide a service to clients regionally, nationally and internationally. Noted for its breadth of expertise, which encompasses all aspects of pensions law, with particularly noteworthy litigation, insurance and investment practices. Expertise covers defined contribution and defined benefit master trusts. Client base includes companies from the healthcare, retail and energy sectors.

Strengths An interviewee says: "The firm is very responsive; they are very quick to help explain things in simple terms and they take a very commercial approach."

Another notes: "They provide excellent advice."

Work highlights Assisted the trustee of the BT Hybrid Pension Scheme with the scheme's creation as well as the sale of BT Fleet and the subsequent transfer of the fleet section liabilities.

Notable practitioners

Andy Wright
works with trustees and employers on buy-ins, GMP equalisation and pension aspects of transactions. He also assists with the establishment of hybrid schemes.
"He is very pragmatic, prompt and efficient in response to all enquiries." "He has the ability to convey information at the right level and pace to make you feel comfortable."

Anthea Whitton
regularly advises trustees and sponsors in relation to a range of issues such as bulk transfers, scheme mergers and investments.
"She is a very capable lawyer.""She is highly knowledgeable, very responsive and very pragmatic."

Richard Shelton
handles a full range of pensions matters including bulk transfers to master trusts and funding arrangements. He also advises on pensions aspects of corporate transactions.
"He is very experienced and very commercial - a well-known adviser to pension schemes." "He is very approachable, responsive and very thorough."