Reed Smith LLP

Pensions Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Full-service firm providing advice to both trustees and employers on various defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Noted for its work on amendments to scheme rules and on investment issues. Accomplished at advising on scheme mergers and consolidation. Clients include large occupational pensions schemes.

Strengths A client reports: "The team is worldly-wise, pragmatic and fun to work with."

"It is a highly competent and experienced firm and the lawyers are friendly and supportive," say sources.

Sources note: "It is a very well-organised firm with very talented and diligent lawyers."

Work highlights Advised the Civil Aviation Authority Pension Scheme on a buy-in of a tranche of benefits worth £60 million.

Notable practitioners

Justine Senior is "pragmatic and a solutions finder," report interviewees. Her practice covers pension scheme covenant negotiations and restructurings.

Simon Hartley focuses on pensions law and regularly assists clients with matters such as scheme documentation and mergers. Commentators report he is "knowledgeable and incisive."

Will Sutton is experienced in working with UK-based pension schemes and often advises on issues such as pension scheme governance and mergers. Sources say he has "excellent knowledge of pensions legislation" and highlight him as being "very practical, pragmatic and client-friendly."