Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Pensions Department

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What the team is known for Leading pensions practice in the Midlands noted for overseeing a wide array of complex risk management exercises. Offers a tailored service to clients through its various sub-teams, namely public sector pensions, human resources and dispute resolution. Retained by an array of entities, including sponsors, trustees and insurance companies. Sector expertise covers education, healthcare and retail.

Strengths One client notes: "Their ability to focus on the key issues and provide practical advice is a particular strength."

Another interviewee states: "They are easy to work with and provide good quality and measured responses."

Notable practitioners

Christopher Stiles
advises both trustees and sponsors on a range of issues, with a particular focus on GMP equalisation matters.
"He is a very good technical lawyer."

Elizabeth Gane
advises trustees and sponsors on matters including buy-ins, benefit changes and complex funding issues.

Joanne Tibbott
advises both sponsors and trustees on matters involving defined contribution schemes, such as governance issues, scheme design and buy-ins.
"She provides practical, succinct and timely advice."

Paul Carberry
acts on various issues such as scheme design, transfer of benefits and demergers. He also advises on investment matters.
"He is able to explain complex matters very clearly."

Richard Black
advises trustees on issues including GMP equalisation, closures to future accrual, and buy-ins and buyouts. He also assists with funding matters.
"He is an outstanding lawyer." "He can communicate difficult topics easily." "He provides straightforward and pragmatic advice."

Richard Lee
advises trustees on a range of pensions matters including scheme amendments and closures to future accrual.