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Chantal Thompson

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Chantal Thompson has 17 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of UK pensions law. She is a partner in the Firm's Pension Practice Group in London and sits on the Main Committee of the 1,000-member Association of Pension Lawyers. Chantal also serves as member of the Management Committee and chair of Personnel Sub-Committee of London Cyrenians Housing Limited. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and courses on multiple aspects of pension law. Chantal Thompson advises companies and trustees on a wide range of legal issues arising from the operation of occupational pension schemes. Her practice focus includes pensions issues arising on outsourcing — including transfers from the public sector — as well as the full range of advisory work for employers and trustees. Chantal has worked on several projects involving the capping of final salary liabilities and the securing of final salary benefits.


Joined Baker McKenzie 1994, partner 2001. Sits on the editorial board of PLC Pensions Online and has previously been a member of the main committee and of the Education and Seminars Committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers. A regular speaker at seminars for clients and on courses on many aspects of pensions law. Frequently quoted in pensions journals, most recently in Pensions Expert.




Association of Pension Lawyers.


Oxford University (St. Hugh's College) (B.A.) (1985); University West of England (C.P.E.) (1988); University West of England (L.S.F.) (1989)


Sailing, following cricket and theatre.

London: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Baker McKenzie 'demonstrates exceptional industry knowledge' and 'really makes an effort to know its clients and provide a positive experience across the board'. Jeanette Holland leads the team with senior counsel Robert West 'providing sound useful advice thanks to his extensive expertise in the field'. Key areas of strength for the team include derisking issues, funding and investment mandates, corporate support work and matters with a global element. Recent highlights include advising Serco on the conversion of a longevity swap to a buy-in policy, acting for Emerson Electric on the pensions aspects of its £$3.2bn acquisition of Pentair's valves and controls unit, and assisting Post Holdings with the pensions components of its acquisition of Weetabix. The group is also active in pensions litigation with notable expertise in cases regarding indexing issues and equalisation requirements. Arron Slocombe and Chantal Thompson are also names to note.

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