Heather Chandler > Shoosmiths LLP > Milton Keynes, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
100 AVEBURY BOULEVARD
MILTON KEYNES
MK9 1FH
England

Work Department

Employment/pensions.

Position

Heather is an experienced pensions partner advising employers, trustees, actuaries, accountants and other legal specialists and firms on all aspects of pensions matters relating to occupational and personal pension arrangements, both contract and trust based.

Her style is proactive, focusing on a thorough understanding of all the issues whilst developing pragmatic solutions to reach manageable and long term outcomes. She has a strong understanding of the issues and obligations of both employers and trustees when dealing with pension matters.

Recent work undertaken by Heather includes:

  • advising clients on corporate transactions involving reorganisations on cross border sales and acquisitions;
  • advising an employer on its auto-enrolment duties and communicating with its members and employees effectively and in accordance with the auto-enrolment regime;
  • providing independent advice to employers on employment issues relating to pensions, including executive terminations and also advising on contractual issues relating to pensions and interpretation;
  • advising the trustees of a pension plan on the buy-out of their scheme involving contract drafting, confirmation as to benefit entitlements, advice on GMP equalisation and other data issues, member communications and trustee indemnity protections;
  • attending regular trustee meetings and advising on an ongoing basis on scheme management for trustees;
  • providing advice to trustees on issues of interpretation, drafting errors and proposals put forward by sponsoring employers to make changes to the scheme and the resolution of disagreements around interpretation;
  • bespoke training for trustees and corporate clients;
  • trustee secretarial and governance advice.

Heather consolidates and deepens her understanding of the issues facing both trustees and employers as she is herself a pension scheme trustee and works closely with other advisers.

Heather also manages the team’s transactional practice utilising her 20+ years of experience in managing cross border and multi jurisdictional as well as multi firm transactions.  She heads up the teams offering to other law firms who need to buy in pensions transactional experience.

Career

Heather practiced with Squire Sanders (when it was known as Edge Ellison) from 1993 to 1999 and then Ashurst until the end of 2004 and was made a partner at Shoosmiths on joining in 2005.

Memberships

Association of Pension Lawyers.

Education

Ellen Wilkinson High School for Girls; University of Surrey (BSc Hons Economics); City University (Law Diploma); College of Law (LSF).

Leisure

Singing, cooking, reading.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Employment > Pensions

(Leading individuals)

Heather ChandlerShoosmiths LLP

Split across three offices in Milton Keynes, the Thames Valley and Solent, Shoosmiths LLP‘s sizeable pension team provides comprehensive support on high-value and often complex matters to clients across the South East and beyond. The team’s experience is broad and it handles the full range of issues from day-to-day advice and long-term strategies to complex mergers, scheme changes, and buy-outs and buy-ins. The team has also seen an uptick in GMP equalisation work and issues arising from automatic enrolment. Milton Keynes-based Heather Chandler oversees the firm’s corporate pensions practice, while Tracey Hemingway works for clients including global agricultural and commodities companies from the Solent office, and Suzanne Burrell acts for trustees and employers from her base in the Thames Valley.