Pinsent Masons

Pensions Department

Scotland
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What the team is known for Market-leading team providing the full range of pension services to an enviable client roster. Notable areas of focus include scheme administration, buyouts and buy-ins. Regularly supports clients whose schemes are affected by corporate transactions. Client base includes trustees and employers. Maintains a sizeable investment advisory practice.

Strengths Clients state: "They are a very responsive team that responds quickly, integrates well and provides a seamless service."

Other sources note: "They see things from clients' perspectives, are very proactive and act immediately."

Work highlights Advised the Trustee of Babcock Naval Services Pension Scheme on the transfer of past service pension benefits to the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme.

Notable practitioners

Cameron McCulloch acts in a range of buy-in and buyout transactions and M&A-related pension advice. He also assists with PPF issues.
"He is very good with clients and in managing projects."

Ian Gordon has a pre-eminent practice, managing complex pension issues involving funding agreement negotiations and scheme transfers. He also advises on statutory pension debt matters.
"He has a high level of competence and understanding of both pension schemes and corporate objectives."

Jae Fassam advises on pension funding and investment matters. He also acts on scheme merger and reorganisations as well as providing pension support in corporate transactions.
"He is invaluable; he is very pragmatic, commercially minded and manages our work very well."

Mairi Carlin acts for employers and trustees on a range of pensions matters including master trusts, scheme transfers and closures to accrual. She has further experience in GMP conversion matters.
"She is very proactive, switched on and on top of legal developments."

Ruth Tobias frequently acts on range of matters concerning scheme transfers, apportionment arrangements and PPF issues. She also advises on GMP equalisation matters involving defined contribution schemes.
"She has a huge amount of experience, a great depth and breadth of knowledge and leads her team very well."