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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 Clients report: "They provide high standards of professional ability coupled with great client service and a welcome personal touch."

Clients say: "They are a top-class firm offering a premium product."

Another client adds: "They are professional, friendly and easy to deal with."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to the Trustees of the Rentokil Initial 2015 Pension Scheme on a £1.6 billion buy-in transaction with Pension Insurance Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Global head of pensions Claire Petheram advises major clients on all pensions issues, ranging from scheme mergers and benefit changes to liability management matters. She draws high praise from clients, who note: "Her help has been invaluable. She is pragmatic and cuts through the nonsense to make a decision." Other clients appreciate her ability to give them "practical solutions and suggestions," and acknowledge her "excellent communication skills."

Philip Goss acts on behalf of scheme trustees and employers on a variety of pensions issues, such as funding arrangements, scheme transactions and mergers. Clients commend his collegial approach, noting: "He doesn't try to score points and works with everyone in a commercial manner."

Rosalind Knowles "provides thoughtful and pragmatic counsel, while holding the line in negotiations," according to one client. She assists trustees and employers with a wide array of pensions concerns, including funding arrangements and member benefit changes.

Tim Cox has a wealth of experience in tackling all challenges facing pension scheme trustees and employers, including funding arrangements and scheme mergers.