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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Edwin Mustard

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

Work Department

Pensions law


Edwin is a partner within the pensions team and advises companies, trustees, and financial institutions on all aspects of pensions law including general scheme advisory work and documentation, scheme mergers and reconstructions, clearance applications to the Pension Regulator, changing benefit provisions and closure to future accrual, employer debt issues, Pension Protection Fund entry and pension disputes. He chairs the Scottish group of the Association of Pension Lawyers and is regularly listed in legal directories as a leader in the field of pensions law, being recently described as an ‘outstanding lawyer’.


Trained Shepherd and Wedderburn; qualified 1995; partner 2005 to date.


Chair of Association of Pension Lawyers (Scottish Group); Law Society of Scotland.


Edinburgh University (1992 MA); Strathclyde University (1993 LLB).

Scotland: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s highly experienced team is ‘excellent in all areas’, handling pensions work including scheme documentation, employment matters related to the scheme, benefit changes, in addition to pensions advice on M&A transactions. The ‘commercially astute and pragmatic’ Louisa Knox advises the trustees of the Standard Life Staff Pension Scheme on all aspects of pensions law, including the implications of proposed corporate activity. The ‘professional, approachable and extremely competent’ Andrew Holehouse assists the Universal Music Group Pension Scheme with all pensions matters, including the appointment of Legal and General as fiduciary investment managers to the scheme and in connection with a trustee-led enhanced transfer value exercise for the scheme’s deferred members. Ed Mustard advised the trustees of the Miller Group Pension Scheme, in connection with the acquisition of Miller homes by Bridgepoint. Senior associate Richard Jones is also recommended, and has a particular focus on investment issues.

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Scotland: Public sector


Within: Education

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s education practice includes ‘very pragmatic’ employment practice head Neil Maclean, who has vast experience advising Scottish universities, colleges and independent schools on employment matters and business support. He is providing ongoing HR and employment support for Skills Development Scotland, in relation to its organisational restructure, and the TUPE and employment implications of the client’s assumption of responsibility for various employability services for the Scottish government.  Project specialist Rhona Harper is currently advising South Ayrshire Council on its £23m Queen Margaret Academy procurement project, which is structured under a Design, Build, Finance and Maintain contract over a 25-year period. Ed Mustard advised the trustees of the University of Edinburgh on its £420m staff benefits scheme on all aspects of pension law, in addition to other projects relating to GDPR compliance.

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