Pensions Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Eminent pensions practice supported by a leading pensions litigation team. Recognised for its high-quality advice to a diverse range of clients in corporate restructuring, investment matters and liability management. Clients include sponsors, trustees and insurance companies.

Strengths One client says: "The team is both proactive and responsive as well as being well versed in our particular scheme's characteristics and of our ongoing needs."

Sources say: "They are excellent - it's a pleasure to deal with the team and they are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the client receives excellent service."

Work highlights Advised Philip Green and Arcadia Group on a range of matters linked to BHS's insolvency and the ongoing problems faced by its pension scheme.

Notable practitioners

Claire Petheram is, according to interviewees, "a highly effective lawyer who is very commercial and very straightforward to work with." She advises her clients on a range of issues including pensions restructuring, equalisation and investment management.

Nicholas Laird advises clients on a broad array of pensions issues spanning scheme funding, restructuring and liability management. He further advises on complex issues such as scheme mergers and disputes arising from business transactions.

Philip Goss has a broad practice advising trustees and corporate clients on pensions issues spanning liability mitigation exercises, scheme mergers and buy-ins.

Rosalind Knowles advises a broad client base on a variety of pensions matters including scheme benefit changes, investment and governance issues and valuations for both companies and trustees.

Ruth Goldman "has stepped up to the plate advising in complex areas of pensions law," says a source. "She is an excellent lawyer, has a very sensible and pragmatic style and is a delight to do business with." Her recent work includes scheme restructuring and longevity swap transactions.

Tim Cox is noted for his extensive and varied practice handling a range of matters for clients including employers, investors, lenders and providers. He advises on scheme mergers, benefit changes and issues relating to funding deficits, among other pensions matters.