Martin Jenkins > Irwin Mitchell > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Irwin Mitchell

Work Department

Business legal services - pensions.


Martin is a very experienced practitioner who has been dealing with pension issues since the maxwell case (where he acted for the Mirror Group Pensioners, successfully recovering lost funds). He is the author of ‘Pensions Act 2004’ (Oxford University Press) and a contributor to a number of publications including Sweet & Maxwell’s ‘Law of Pension Schemes’ and Butterworths’ ‘Pension Law’.


trained Eversheds; qualified 1992; founded Bond Dickinson pensions practice, and practice head 1992-2009; partner and head of pensions 2009-2014, DWF; partner 2014, Irwin Mitchell LLP.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Employment > Pensions

With senior associate Kate Byers leading the team in Newcastle together with London-based national head of pensions Martin Jenkins , the practice at Irwin Mitchell provides a full range of advice to trustees and employers. Byers is described as ‘extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of pensions law’, with expertise including drafting pension scheme documentation. Associate Lucy Herbert also plays a key role with experience in a range of matters, from governance compliance to restructuring projects.

London > Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)

At Irwin Mitchell, pensions lawyers are based across the London and Newcastle offices, with a service that is particularly strong for higher education, outsourcing contractors, charity and manufacturing sector clients. The group is well-versed in pensions tax for UK and overseas schemes, as well as specialising in auto- and re-enrolment issues, schemes for new employers, contribution increases, salary sacrifice and TUPE transfers. In London, Penny Cogher  (with a ‘depth of technical knowledge‘) heads the group, advising trustees and employers, on all aspects of pensions issues pertaining to defined benefit and defined contribution schemes, including buy-ins and buy-outs, master trusts and GMP equalisation; while Martin Jenkins  is an expert in benefit reviews and de-risking.