Pensions in South East

Shoosmiths LLP

With offices in Milton Keynes, the Thames Valley and Solent, Shoosmiths LLP’s sizeable team advises clients on the full-spectrum of matters including buyouts and buy-ins, GMP equalisation, as well as scheme amendments and mergers. Tracey Hemingway is based in Solent and is often engaged in drafting documents and amendments in addition to member communications. Heather Chandler is located in Milton Keynes and advises clients on pension scam matters, while Suzanne Burrell works in The Thames Valley and routinely advises an assortment of trustee and companies on pension scheme mandates.

Practice head(s):

Heather Chandler; Suzanne Burrell; Tracey Hemingway

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Jenkins


‘The team and company behind Heather Chandler is extremely strong.’

‘Heather Chandler is our principal legal adviser. She is warm and friendly but at the same time extremely knowledgeable and professional. I have never had cause to doubt her wisdom or advice.’

‘Heather Chandler knows all the work being undertaken even though other lawyers in the team may be dealing with it.’

Key clients

Trustees of the Electrium Pension Scheme

Trustees of UTC Pension Scheme

Trustees of J&E Hall Pension Scheme

Trustees of Valspar UK Pension Plan

Trustees of the BALPA 1973 Pension Scheme

Trustees of Inmarsat Pension Plan

Trustees of the RNIB Retirement Benefits Plan

Hewlett Packard

Trustees of the Kesslers Group Pension Scheme

Central England Co-operative Society

Trustees of Bank Leumi Pension Scheme

Trustees of Gieves Group Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of Marshall Group Executive Pension Plan

Trustees of the Selwood Group Pension Scheme

Cargill PLC

Trustee of the Cargill Pension Plan

Trustees of the CIBC Retirement Savings Plan

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Archer Daniels Midland Limited

Deutz AG


United States Air Force

Partnering Health Limited


PSGS Trust Corporation Limited

Cargill NV

Anwyl Construction Company Limited

IKEA Limited

Trustees of Covent Garden Market Authority Pension Plan

Work highlights

  • Advised Cargill on its acquisition of Croda’s performance technologies and industrial chemicals business.
  • Advised the Kessler Plan Trustees on a buy-in with Legal and General.
  • Advised Trustees of Pension Scheme for a professional organisation on the transfer to a Master Trust of the DC Section of a hybrid scheme.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP advises a breadth of public and private sector clients, including individuals, insurers, sponsoring employers, staff associations and trustees. Alison Hills leads the team from London and has notable strength in governance, implementing scheme benefit structure changes, in addition to the pension aspects of corporate restructurings. Clare Coley in Guildford advises clients with drafting and amending trust documents.

Practice head(s):

Alison Hills

Other key lawyers:

Clare Coley; Maria Riccio


‘They have extensive knowledge of employment, personal injury, clinical negligence, pensions, and regulatory work. The practice has adapted to post-covid technology changes and offers both face to face and virtual meetings.’

‘The partners at the firm have thorough expertise of their fields, they always provide immediate updates should things change.’

Key clients

Trustees of the Bredero Shaw UK Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the Buhler Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Sortex Final Salary Pension Scheme

Trustees of the United Road Transport Union 1978 Retirement and Death Benefits Pension Scheme

Trustees of the United Road Transport Union Pension Scheme

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Elstree Schools Ltd

The Trustees of The Leicestershire Police Federation Medical Scheme

London & Caledonian Trustees Limited

Trustees of the Northamptonshire Police Federation Group Insurance Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advising the Trustees of a final salary scheme for the employees of a trade union on governance requirements and scheme documentation.
  • Advising a multinational infrastructure platform company on their ineffective UK salary sacrifice arrangements.
  • Advising the Trustees of a final salary scheme with scheme amendments in preparation for buy-out with an insurer.