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Partner specialising in all aspects of pension law, including pension scheme mergers, pension aspects of commercial transactions, trust law queries relating to pension schemes, investment management issues and plain English documentation.


Trainee solicitor Nabarro Nathanson 1987-89; assistant solicitor Linklaters 1989-97; partner 1997 to date.




University of Leeds (LLB Hons); College of Law, Lancaster Gate.

London: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Linklaters LLP's 'service levels are of the highest standard' with 'a detailed and methodical approach that sets it apart from the rest'. While historically recognised for its strong non-contentious practice, the firm also fields a robust litigation team; Ruth Goldman leads the transactional side while Mark Blyth is 'simply the best pensions litigator around'. Goldman's recent work includes advising MMC UK Pension Fund Trustee on a longevity swap; other non-contentious work includes Philip Goss assisting Sir Philip Green, Arcadia Group and Taveta Investments with issues surrounding the BHS pension schemes and managing associate John Sheppard handling the pensions elements of the merger between Centrica's European oil and gas exploration and production business with Bayerngas Norge for SWM. On the contentious side the group represented the trustees of the Staveley Pension Scheme in proceedings relating to the issuance of a financial support direction, and acted for Sir Philip Green and Taveta Investments in the inquiry into the BHS schemes. Also recommended are Claire Petheram, Rosalind Knowles, 'highly pragmatic' managing associate Alasdair Smith and 'clear and practical' managing associate Geoff Egerton.

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