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The ‚Äėaccessible, knowledgeable and responsive‚Äô practice at¬†Burges Salmon LLP ¬†provides advices on all pensions matters for trustee and employer clients across the public and private sectors. Clients include AT&T, Honda, Siemens, Toshiba, Department for Education and UK Atomic Energy Authority. Clive Pugh¬†acted successfully acted for the trustees of the Silentnight scheme in a Judicial Review brought against the Pensions Regulator in relation to the case. Partner¬†Richard Pettit¬† advised Brunel Holdings Pension Scheme on one of the largest ongoing moral hazard investigations by the Pensions Regulator. Tim Illston¬†advised on the merger of five legacy-defined benefit and hybrid pension schemes with a total value of over ¬£1bn. The ‚Äėknowledgeable, supportive and accessible‚Äô Alice Honeywill¬†advised University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme on a large-scale benefit restructuring. The ‚Äėexperienced and knowledgeable‚Äô Michael Hayes¬†advised FirstGroup in relation to consolidation of its pension assets in to the local government pension scheme (LGPS). Susannah Young¬† advised the trustees of the Leonardo Pension Schemes in relation to its transition to a new administrator. Practice head¬†Richard Knight¬†and Justin Briggs¬†are also recommended.

Osborne Clarke¬†provides advice on corporate insolvency and public sector, private sector and third sector pensions. It advises on issues around the local government pension scheme (LGPS) including outsourcing, investment strategy, governance and benefit issues. It also deals with pensions disputes, complex pension scheme investment, investment and custodianship of scheme assets, private equity, currency hedging and corporate work involving pension schemes. Paul Matthews¬† led the team advising trustees of the Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund in relation to ongoing legal matters, day-to-day benefit queries, GDPR integration and benefit calculation queries. Jonathan Hazlett¬† heads the team and advised the trustees of the National Museum of Wales Pension Scheme in relation to changes to future service benefits, including a move to career average benefits. Mark Womersley¬†¬†and Brent Wright¬†,¬†who is ‚Äėa very high-level performer with great technical analysis',¬†specialise in public sector pensions and LGPS matters. Alicia Cain¬† joined as senior associate

TLT¬† Bristol¬†advises trustees and employers on all pension scheme types and asset-backed funding arrangements, innovative multinational restructurings and flexible buy-ins. It provides an extranet service to customers with interactive trust deed and rules, as well as governance compliance information. The firm has a particular focus on public sector pensions and advises on pensions investment and SIPPs and SSASs. Chris Crighton¬†was promoted to partner and led in advising the UK branch of an international bank on complex funding arrangements with regards to its UK defined benefit pension scheme and also risk reduction exercises. Sasha Butterworth¬†(who is ‚Äėa pleasure to work with and always proactive in meetings‚Äô) heads the team and advises on all aspects of pension schemes, including scheme governance.

Foot Anstey provides advice on day-to-day penions issues, strategic advice, defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes, significant rule consolidations, amendments and appointments. It is adept at at handling pension issues related to corporate transactions, restructures and moral hazard risks from the Pensions Regulator. The firm advises public and private sector clients such as Morgan Lloyd Administration Services (part of the Clifton Group), Somerset County Council, Plymouth City Council and Trustees of the St Loyes Foundation Pension and Life Assurance Scheme. Karen Bates heads the team and is supported by senior associate Helen Trethewey who advised Odeon Cinemas/UCI in relation to two final salary pension schemes. This included advising on appointing a new independent trustee and scheme amendments. She also led on providing pensions support to Vospers Motorhouse, this mainly related to governance regime.

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