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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

ST ANN'S WHARF, 112 QUAYSIDE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 3DX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0345 415 0000
Fax:
Fax 0344 984 1501
DX:
61191 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Email:
Web:
www.womblebonddickinson.com

Martin Poore

Tel:
Work 0191 279 9514
Email:
Web:
www.womblebonddickinson.com/uk
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Work Department

Pensions.

Position

Partner and head of the pensions team.

Career

Trained Dickinson Dees; partner, Dickinson Dees 2003; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination in 2017. Publications: ‘Blackstone’s Guide to the Pensions Act 2004’. Director St Ann’s Pension Trustees Limited.

Member

APL; NEAPL.

Education

Wolfreton Comprehensive; Worcester College, Oxford (MA English Language and Literature); College of Law (Common Professional Exam; Law Society Finals).


London: Human resources

Pensions

Within: Pensions

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is 'a key player in pensions litigation' and has 'a sophisticated service that puts the client front and centre'. Recent contentious mandates include 'tremendously experienced' pensions litigation head Suzanne Duff acting for IBM in the Court of Appeal in proceedings relating to the employer's duty of good faith. Managing associate Joanna Bromhead is also a key name to note for pensions litigation. On the non-contentious side, Martin Poore leads the group and Tracy Walsh heads up the public and voluntary sector pensions unit. Poore recently assisted Signet Group with the closure of its DB scheme to future accrual and Walsh advised Procter & Gamble on the pension elements of the sale of its beauty brands to Coty. Go-Ahead Group, Carnival and Bellway are also clients.

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North: Human resources

Pensions

Within: Pensions

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‚Äôs wide-ranging contentious and non-contentious pensions law expertise leads to regular instructions from trustees and sponsoring employers of UK pension schemes. The ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô Suzanne Duff¬†provided IBM with general pensions law advice on its occupational pension plans and workforce restructuring programmes while also acting for the client in a pensions-related Court of Appeal case involving employer‚Äôs duty of good faith. Noted for her expertise in handling pensions-related corporate and outsourcing work, Tracy Walsh¬†has been advising Procter & Gamble on the pension implications of the sale of its beauty brands to Coty which involved the transfer of hundreds of staff in the company‚Äôs largest UK pension scheme, and assisted Accent Housing on pension law matters pertaining to its two-year plan to rationalise the group. ‚ÄėGood communicator and delegator‚Äô Martin Poore¬†heads the team and was retained by the trustees of the Sapa Holdings Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme to advise on the employer‚Äôs flexible retirement offer to members and a pension increase exchange offer. Other clients include the Signet Group and the trustee of the Go-Ahead Group Pension Plan.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Pensions

Within: Pensions

Highlighted for its 'quality of advice, reliability and client focus' Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's pension team represents companies, such as IBM and Northern Powergrid plc, in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Headed up by Newcastle-based Martin Poore, the department includes Alex Rodger in the Leeds office. The practice advised Procter & Gamble on the pension implications of the $12.5bn sale of its beauty brands to Coty Inc and acted for Signet Group in relation to the closure of its defined benefit scheme.

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