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Samantha Brown

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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Employment, Pensions and Incentives



Sam's practice encompasses a wide range of pensions matters, advising corporates, trustees, providers and other pensions stakeholders.


Sam has extensive experience of pensions buy ins, buy outs and longevity transfers, and in the associated areas of benefit design and liability management. She has advised on significant transactions and corporate activities and on a range of pension funding projects. A member of our pensions litigation group, Sam advises both claimants and defendants on High Court disputes and declaratory proceedings and on matters before the Pensions Ombudsman.

She is a contributing author to the publications Good Governance for Pension Schemes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Butterworths Takeovers: Law and Practice (2nd ed. London: LexisNexis 2015).




Sam is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and a regular speaker at industry events.

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Samantha Brown (non-contentious) - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Within: Pensions

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's 'outstanding' team includes Alison Brown and Paul Lewis, who lead the non-contentious and litigation elements respectively; Brown is 'excellent commercially' and Lewis is 'exceptional at understanding complex issues'. Clients also single out Samantha Brown, who is 'superb in combining technical brilliance with excellent judgement and strategical awareness'; newly promoted partner and derisking expert Rachel Pinto, who 'provides incredible service throughout'; and 'excellent' senior associate and former barrister James Rickards, who joined from Chambers of Michael Bowes QC, Christopher Gibson QC and Andrew S.  Recent mandates include representing Lloyds Bank in Part 8 proceedings relating to GMPs and advising Irish Life Assurance on a bulk annuity transaction.  Daniel Schaffer joined Slaughter and May.

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