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 Clients say: "It is an excellent and pragmatic team that provides excellent support."

Work highlights Advised the trustees of the Civil Aviation Authority Pensions Scheme on a buy-in of a tranche of benefits with the Pensions Insurance Corporation worth £90 million.

Notable practitioners

Justine Senior is "practical with a common-sense approach to providing advice," says a source. She is a consultant at the firm focusing on advising trustees on governance issues.

Simon Hartley has a broad pensions practice acting as adviser and as trustee for schemes in a variety of sectors. He advises clients on issues relating to governance and union negotiations, among other areas.

Will Sutton has "clear and sound legal opinions and his responsiveness has been excellent" according to an impressed client. He advises both corporate and trustee clients for public and private sector schemes on governance and compliance issues, among others areas.