Paul Carberry > Gowling WLG > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
B4 6WR
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Paul advises both employers and trustees on a broad range of pensions-related issues, including corporate transactions, funding discussions, scheme mergers, outsourcing exercises, the review and closure of defined benefit arrangements, the establishment of defined contribution arrangements and pension investment matters. Clients include AT&T, the trustees of three Tarmac pension arrangements, the trustees of the Pirelli Tyres Limited 1988 Pension & Life Assurance Fund and the trustees of the Fujitsu Comparable Scheme, the trustees of six pendragon pension schemes. Paul has a particular interest in public sector pension matters and heads the six-person public sector unit within the pension team. Paul advises central government bodies, local authorities, housing associations and contractors on the ‘Fair Deal’ requirements and the wider pension implications of engaging in outsourcing and PFI exercises. Paul advises a number of administering authorities in respect of their governance procedures, admission agreements, the requirements of the LGPS Investment Regulations and the terms of investment management agreements. Paul also advises a number of LGPS scheme employers in relation to discretionary policy statements, ill-health early retirement pensions and IDRPs. Paul is a regular speaker at national public sector conferences and events. Paul has advised the following organisations on public sector pension matters: the Government of the Isle of Man, the London Borough of Hackney, the London Borough of Croydon, the Local Government Association, Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, the MoD, Defra, Amey and Sanctuary. Publications of note: ‘Practical Law Company’ chapters “Public Sector Pension Schemes; outsourcing” and “Overview of Pension Schemes in the Public Sector”.


Deloitte – trainee chartered accountant 1996-99; trainee solicitor David Roberts France-Hayhurst & Co, Liverpool 1999-2001; qualified 2001; Wragge & Co 2001 to present (made partner 2010); Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


Association of Pensions Lawyers.


St Edward’s College, West Derby, Liverpool; Birmingham University 1992-95, Law LLB (Hons) 2:1; College of Law, Chester (1995-96), Commendation.


Liverpool Football Club supporter; real ale – member of CAMRA.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Employment > Pensions

(Leading individuals)

Paul CarberryGowling WLG

Gowling WLG enjoys a stellar reputation for its work on a broad range of issues, from scheme advisory and employer advisory work, through to to pensions risk transfers and pensions disputes. Richard Black has particular expertise in advising both corporates and trustees on the pensions aspects of major deals whereas Paul Carberry  advises a broad mix of trustees and employers. Elizabeth Gane  is primarily trustee focused and advises on complex funding issues, mergers and restructurings in addition to benefit changes. Christopher Stiles and Joanne Tibbott  are also well-regarded, as is Richard Lee .

London > Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)

At Gowling WLG, lawyers advise schemes, trustees and employers on a wide variety of pensions issues. On the scheme advisory front, the group is experienced in advising on ESG issues, GMP equalisations and the spectrum of transactions. For employers, the group handles liability management mandates, as well as contribution notice requirements. It also has several public sector pensions mandates, and area where Paul Carberry is noted. Pensions risk transfers are led on by Paul Feathers with the support of legal director Sara Chambers. Jason Coates heads the overall pensions group and has developed a specialism in pensions-related ESG. Also recommended is legal director Maddy Frost, who is adept at advising trustee-side clients.