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Burges Salmon LLP

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Pensions law.


Head of the firm’s Pensions practice and provides a full range of advice across the discipline. Advises the trustees and sponsors of pension schemes, draft pensions documentation and handles the pensions aspects of corporate transactions. Key clients include Western Power Distribution with pensions arrangements worth well in excess of £5bn and schemes sponsored by AT&T, Honda, Chanel and Leonardo.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 1999; partner 2006; Head of Pensions 2011.


Attended Truro School; Bristol University (1996 LLB Law First Class Hons); Nottingham Law School (1997 Distinction).

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Employment > Pensions

(Leading individuals)

Richard KnightBurges Salmon LLP

The Bristol-based pensions team at Burges Salmon LLP regularly handles scheme mergers, complex regulatory work, buy-ins and buy-outs, as well as an increasing amount of public sector work; testament to this, the firm was recently re-appointed to the National Local Government Pension Scheme. Practice chair Richard Knight regularly handles high-profile matters such as providing urgent legal advice concerning the LDI crisis to the the trustees of high-profile pension schemes.  Clive Pugh‘s expertise extends to scheme rescue and managed PPF entry, while the ‘excellent, thoughtful and collaborative’ Michael Hayles is a key contact at the firm for public sector work. Richard Pettit, Alice Honeywill, Susannah Young and Chris Brown further extend the firm’s pensions expertise.

London > Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)

Burges Salmon LLP is able to offer its clients non-contentious pensions advice from its offices in London, Bristol, and Edinburgh, with Richard Knight leading the practice from Bristol. The team is particularly commended for its work on public sector matters, having recently worked on the National Local Government Pension Scheme Framework for Legal Service, on which Michael Hayles is a key contact. Clive Pugh is a name to note for scheme rescues and managed PPF entries, whilst the ‘pragmatic and sensible’ Richard Pettit is particularly adept at assisting clients with international pensions issues. Alice Honeywill and Susannah Young are also noteworthy team members, with Honeywill focusing on larger pensions projects within mergers, corporate restructurings, buy-ins and buy-outs. Associates Chris Brown and Crispin Freeman are also recommended.