Hogan Lovells

Pensions Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Highly regarded team that frequently advises household-name corporate clients and pensions schemes. Notable for its restructuring, funding and buy-in expertise, as well as its strength on pensions litigation and cross-border matters. Significant experience in high-value scheme mergers. Also reputed for its work handling the creation and structuring of master trusts for auto-enrolment.

Strengths One source says: "We rate the team at Hogan Lovells very highly; they have a thorough understanding of pensions law and give very clear legal and commercial advice."

A client notes: "They are very user-friendly, understand the issues the business is facing and come up with practical solutions that work for all parties."

Work highlights Advised the Pension Protection Fund in relation to the Tata Steel Pension Scheme restructuring. The team worked to secure the jobs of 8,500 UK-based employees after Tata's business was threatened by the global steel price crash.

Notable practitioners

Claire Southern is "very pragmatic, looks to provide solutions that work, and provides clear advice that is easily understandable by a lay person," according to market sources. Her work includes advising on restructuring issues, insolvency matters and other complex pensions issues.

Duncan Buchanan advises both employers and trustees on a broad range of complicated pensions issues including re-organising schemes, closing schemes to future accrual and winding up schemes. A source says: "He knows our scheme very well, is pragmatic and helps us get to the end goal," adding: "We like the way he works collaboratively with the trustees' lawyers."

Edward Brown is noted for his strong practice which spans a range of pensions issues such as funding solutions, liability management and regulatory investigations, among others. Clients say: "He is pragmatic, personable, vibrant, energetic and technically super-sharp."

According to clients, Faye Jarvis exhibits "very good use of non-legal language when she is providing advice to non-legal experts, has excellent delegation across the team and holds onto things where her touch is needed." She has a strong practice advising both employers and trustees on a host of complex issues including financing arrangements, benefit design changes and scheme mergers.

Katie Banks is recognised as a pensions law specialist who handles varied and complex matters including mergers and restructuring. Clients say: "Her ability to provide considered advice to the board has been exemplary and has brought the overall performance of the board to a new, improved level."