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Jeremy Harris

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Jeremy has practised exclusively in pensions law since 1989. He advises on all legal aspects of pensions, particularly advising trustees and employers in relation to defined benefit occupational pension schemes, but also advising in relation to defined contribution and hybrid schemes. Jeremy is also responsible for the firm’s practice, including a standard documentation service, for SSAS and SIPP providers. Jeremy has a breadth of experience in scheme advisory and documentation work, including scheme mergers, reconstructions, scheme closures, advising on de-risking strategies, including changes in benefit design, enhanced transfer values and buy-ins and buy-outs; the pensions aspects of multi-million pound company and business acquisitions and disposals, restructurings and outsourcings; and also in pensions litigation, including internal dispute resolution procedures, Pensions Ombudsman complaints and representative actions in the High Court. Examples of his work include: a leading role in advising the Universities Superannuation Scheme on policy matters, including benefit redesign and section 75 employer debt issues arising out of employer restructurings and drafting the rules of USS; legal adviser to the trustee board of the Sibelco UK Occupational Pension Scheme; pensions legal adviser to Pilkington Group Limited; advising Northern Ireland Water and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service on pensions matters; advising employers and trustees in relation to schemes closing to future defined benefit and/or final salary accrual and on the adoption of new defined contribution schemes or sections; advising in relation to Local Government Pension Scheme admission agreements; advising employers in relation to protected person obligations in respect of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme.


Qualified 1990; Engineering Employers’ Federation 1987-89; pensions lawyer at other firms in the City of London and in Manchester 1989-1994; joined DLA Piper 1994 (partner since 1999).


Association of Pension Lawyers.


Helsby Grammar School; St Peter’s College Oxford (1985 Jurisprudence, M.A. (Oxon)); 1986 Bar Exam.


St Mary’s, Cheadle (Church of England), Bramhall Cricket Club, playing cricket, watching football (Liverpool FC) and cricket, reading (history).

North West: Human resources


Within: Pensions

DLA Piper UK LLP's pensions team, led by Liverpool managing partner Ben Miller is recognised for its trustee work, acting for the trustees of some the largest UK occupational schemes. The practice has a wide range of capabilities including scheme advisory and documentation work, as well as advising providers of small, self-administered schemes and self-invested personal pensions. Other areas of expertise include scheme mergers, reconstructions, scheme closures and pensions aspects of corporate matters. The team is also experienced in advising on de-risking strategies such as changes in benefit design and buy-in and buy-out of liabilities. Claire Bell, Jeremy Harris and senior associate Kate Beech are key team members.

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