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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘first-class’ department is headed by ‘industry expertRachel Rawnsley and includes the ‘incredibly knowledgeableJade Murray, who leads the SIPPs and pension products team, and the ‘first-rate’ Susan Garrett, who leads the disputes team.

Vikki Massarano, Kate Payne and ‘star individual’ David Young lead DLA Piper UK LLP’s practice, which is considered ‘a key player’ for pensions matters. Young led the team advising more than 4000 members of IBM’s pension scheme on the closure of IBM’s final salary scheme.

Eversheds LLP’s team is led by Richard Shelton, who advises on a wide range of non-contentious pension law matters. Litigation partner Claire Carroll acted for the trustees of the Moores Furniture Group pension scheme in court proceedings concerning the validity of a deed in the scheme.

Jacqui Timmins’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP handles defined contribution schemes and bulk purchase annuity, among other matters. Clients recommend the ‘pragmatic’ Tom Barton and pension litigation specialist Julian Sladdin, who was promoted to partner in 2015.

Anthea Whitton leads the team at Squire Patton Boggs’ Leeds office, which has been advising Aviva on a wide range of matters concerning its historic defined benefits scheme. Catherine McKenna heads the global practice.

At Irwin Mitchell, practice head Nigel Bolton is noted for his expertise in scheme funding issues, pension scheme mergers and all pensions-related aspects of corporate transactions.

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘strong’ team is headed by the ‘consistent’ Jo Ratcliffe, who advises employers and trustees on pension amendments, restructurings, outsourcing matters and mergers.

Headed by Terry Saeedi (who stands out for his ‘wealth of experience’), Gordons LLP’s practice handles all pensions-related aspects of buyouts and corporate transactions. Associate Matthew Ambler ‘provides practical advice’.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP’s ‘approachable’ team is led by Leigh Holmes, who specialises in buy-ins and buyouts, as well as complex drafting issues. The team includes the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Josephine Manfredi-Hamer. Since publication, Josephine Manfredi-Hamer has left the practice of law.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s clients recommend Alex Rodger for his knowledge of scheme mergers and closures.

Craig Engleman leads Rollits LLP’s practice, which has seen an increase in restructurings, as well as transactional pensions matters.

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