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David Thompson

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David is a partner and the head of Shoosmiths’ pensions team. Specialising in the law of occupational pension schemes, he advises both employer and scheme trustee clients on the full range of pensions legal issues. David has 23 years experience as a pensions lawyer, and has advised some of the UK’s largest pension funds on complex and ground-breaking issues. David has extensive experience in all areas of pensions law, including the establishment and winding-up of schemes, scheme closures and mergers, regulatory and tax issues and the pensions aspects of corporate transactions (including clearance applications to the Pensions Regulator). David also has considerable experience of pensions litigation and has acted in a number of high-profile cases.


Trained Rowe & Maw (now Mayer Brown LLP); qualified 1991; partner 1997; joined Shoosmiths 2000.


Association of Pensions Lawyers; Associate of the Pensions Management Institute.


Balliol College, Oxford (1987 BA Law).

South East: Human resources


Within: Pensions

The ‘efficient pensions team’ at Shoosmiths LLP is headed nationally by ‘outstanding lawyer’ David Thompson, who is ‘technically and intellectually very strong’, with ‘a very good client manner’. Thompson and associate Kunjan Sembhi advised the One Ecolab Pension Plan Trustee on a merger of the sectionalised scheme of a new section comprising deferred benefits from an overseas plan, among other items. The firm’s Milton Keynes pensions team is led by Heather Chandler, who is ‘very approachable, experienced, understands trustees' concerns and addresses queries raised in a very effective manner and timescale’. Chandler provides advice on an ongoing basis to the Trustees of the Inmarsat Pension Plan. The pensions teams in the Reading and Solent offices are led by Suzanne Burrell and Tracey Hemingway respectively.

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