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Employment Pensions and Private Wealth


Head of the employment, pensions and private wealth practice group, Jenny is a leading contentious trusts specialist. She is recognised for her experience in complex, high value, trust disputes in the private wealth, pensions, banking and financial services sectors (onshore and offshore). She acts for trustees, beneficiaries, corporates, financial services firms, financial institutions, insurers and private individuals.

Jenny acts on high profile claims and trust disputes onshore and offshore. Her experience ranges from advising on technical areas of rectification and construction of trust documentation to applications for disclosure of information and seeking to hold trustees to account. Jenny has particular expertise in professional negligence claims against trustee advisors and representing trustees in fraud proceedings.

Jenny is valued by clients for bringing a commercial and pragmatic approach to complex legal issues. She has extensive experience of third-party litigation funding and insurance arrangements and recovering assets obtained in breach of trust. Jenny is ranked as a leading individual in Legal 500 UK and as a Notable Practitioner in Chambers & Partners UK. She is included in the Private Client Global Elite directory and ranked in separate Citywealth lists: the ‘Top 10 Power Women Trust Litigators’ and ‘Top 100 Trust Litigators and Polymaths’.


Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

(Hall of Fame)

Jenny McKeownStephenson Harwood

Jenny McKeown leads the department at Stephenson Harwood which is part of a strong boutique private wealth team. It predominantly advises ultra-high-net-worth entrepreneurs and business owners as well as their families from around the globe on a variety of the most complex and high-value trust and family disputes, with a particular focus on international disputes. It also excels at advising domestic dynastic families. Helena Berman is a known name for her work on a variety of high-value contentious trusts disputes. The group is also well-regarded for its handling of disputes involving cross-border tax issues.

London > Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Jenny McKeownStephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood‘s pensions litigation team brings together contentious trusts, regulatory and pensions advisory lawyers. In 2021, the firm launched its executive pensions plan practice, which is increasingly active in the disputes space. The group has a strong client base comprising employers, trustees and representative beneficiaries, with substantial experience in professional negligence claims, rectification issues and construction applications. It is also known for cross-border pensions disputes, recently handling cases involving the recovery of pensions assets from overseas jurisdictions, and investigations launched by the US regulators. ‘All-round superstar’ Helena Berman heads up the team, and is noted as an ‘industry superstar‘ alongside pensions professional negligence expert Jenny McKeown. ‘Building a great profile‘, Chris Edwards-Earl is noted for rectification and construction cases.