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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Pensions

5 ranked lawyersBand 1ScotlandUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Advises an impressive set of corporate and trustee clients, with a notable presence in the finance, education and energy industries. Recognised expertise in defined benefit schemes, and offers specialist advice on risk transfers, liability management and funding issues. Also provides general compliance advice and trustee training.

Strengths

A client says: "The standard of service is so high that I genuinely struggle to find ways to improve on the service we receive."

Another client reports: "We felt the level of service provided was unsurpassed."

Work highlights

Advised the trustee of the Scottish Amicable Staff Pension Scheme on ongoing legal matters for the scheme, including the impact of the Lloyds case on Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) equalisation and the steps necessary to implement the ruling.

Notable practitioners

Amie Bain acts for both public and private sector clients, advising on scheme investments, discrimination disputes and tax advice.

Andrew Holehouse acts for trustees on buy-ins and buyouts, risk management and scheme restructuring. He also advises on scheme closures for future accrual and wind-ups.
"First-class client service delivered consistently. Andrew Holehouse is excellent at keeping the client apprised of timescales and expectations. He is extremely courteous, very easy to work with, and his advice is excellent."

Edwin Mustard acts for a broad array of companies and trustees on scheme mergers and closures to future accrual. He also advises on investments and changes to benefit provisions.

Kirsty Headden acts for a range of trustees and institutions, offering particular strength in scheme amendment and equalisation matters. 

Louisa Knox is a highly experienced practitioner, advising both trustees and companies on scheme restructuring and risk reduction measures, with further strength handling scheme mergers and transfers. She also provides support on funding and GMP equalisation issues.
"Louisa is a good communicator, and not afraid to have difficult conversations." "Louisa Knox is highly knowledgeable and loved by her clients."

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Pensions


Amie Bain
Associates to watch
Andrew Holehouse
Band 2
Edwin Mustard
Band 3
Kirsty Headden
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Louisa Knox
Band 1