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Alasdair Smith

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Alasdair is a Managing Associate in the Linklaters London Pensions practice. He has a wide range of experience, including in relation to bespoke funding arrangements, scheme restructurings, contingent assets and multi-jurisdiction corporate transactions.


Trainee solicitor Shepherd and Wedderburn (2007-2009); Assistant Solicitor Shepherd and Wedderburn (2009-2011); Associate/ Managing Associate Linklaters (2011 to date)




Alasdair is a Member of the Association of Pension Lawyers


University of Glasgow (2005 LLB); University of Nottingham (2006 LLM); Glasgow Graduate School of Law (2007 Dip LP)

London: Human resources


Within: Next generation lawyers

Alasdair Smith (non-contentious) - Linklaters LLP

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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