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Penningtons Manches Cooper

31 CHERTSEY STREET, GUILDFORD, SURREY, GU1 4HD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01483 791800
Fax:
Fax 01483 424177
DX:
2405 GUILDFORD
Email:
Web:
www.penningtons.co.uk

Maria Riccio

Tel:
Work 01256 407160
Email:
Penningtons Manches LLP

Work Department

Pensions.

Position

Partner in pensions team advising trustees, employers and intermediaries in relation to all aspects of UK pension arrangements. Having worked for many high-profile companies and schemes, she has the specialist knowledge to advise on complex legal issues, in particular relating to liability management, scheme changes, mergers, terminations and debt issues following corporate restructuring or insolvency. She has also been involved in high-profile litigation, most notably the leading equalisation case of Foster Wheeler Ltd v Hanley & Others.

Career

Legal executive and solicitor Nabarro Nathanson (now Nabarro); senior solicitor Paisner (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner); senior solicitor and partner Blake Lapthorn (now Blake Morgan); legal counsel and partner Bond Pearce (Womble Bond Dickinson); partner Penningtons (now Penningtons Manches) 2013 to date.

Member

Association of Pension Lawyers.

Education

St Angela’s RC School; FILEX; College of Law (London).


South East: Human resources

Pensions

Within: Leading individuals

Maria Riccio - Penningtons Manches Cooper

Within: Pensions

Maria Riccio's ‘small but highly experienced and effective pensions team’ at Penningtons Manches Cooper is ‘excellent and always readily available, providing prompt, succinct and clear advice’. The ‘friendly, reliable and very personable’ Riccio is ‘extremely knowledgeable and discusses legally difficult issues in a clear and understandable manner’. Riccio is particularly recommended for defined benefit plan matters, as well as being the key lawyer in the team dealing with large pensions projects including scheme mergers and closures, major documentation exercises and debt issues. Riccio is primarily assisted by senior associate Clare Coley, whose key focus is on defined contribution pensions and in particular defined contribution governance and auto-enrolment. Highlights included acting for the representative of a beneficiary in a compromise of a Part 8 claim heard in the High Court in Manchester and continuing to support Trethowans LLP with pensions considerations of various corporate transactions.

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