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

Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘collaborative and proactive team’ has a comprehensive pensions practice, known for handling GMP equalisations, buy-outs and buy-ins, scheme amendments, funding management issues, scheme mergers and various other related matters for clients across numerous sectors. Tracey Hemingway stands out for her role in numerous prominent pensions projects, including major GMP equalisation arrangements. ‘Excellent’ practice head Heather Chandler is active across the pensions sector, advising individuals and companies in relation to small and large schemes. Suzanne Burrell advises employers and trustees on various matters, including the pension aspects of M&A transactions and pension scheme closures.