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Burges Salmon LLP

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Advises trustees and employers on all aspects of pensions law and is recognised as a leading expert nationally on regulatory matters including scheme funding, clearance and governance and major Moral Hazard investigations. He draws on experience at and with the Pensions Regulator and has advised on a number of complex restructurings for schemes and employers, bringing regulatory insights. Also regarded as an expert in ongoing pensions advisory work and negotiations, including on benefit redesign, closures and corporate developments. Advised on the key regulatory cases of Silentnight, Bernard Matthews and also appointed for the reply on McDonalds


Trained Simmons & Simmons; seconded to the FSA for 10 months; qualified as barrister 1996; cross-qualified as solicitor 2001; Pensions Regulator for 5 years; partner Burges Salmon 2008.




Association of Pension Lawyers; Association of Pension Lawyers’ International Committee. PLSA Legal Committee, PMI Policy and Public Affairs Commitee


Attended The United World College of the Atlantic; Magdalene College, Cambridge University (1995 LLM); King’s College London University (1993 LLB).


Rugby, football and holidays in Norway.

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South West > Employment > Pensions

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Clive PughBurges Salmon LLP

London > Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)

Burges Salmon LLP‘s non-contentious pensions team is spread across Bristol, London and Edinburgh. The practice works with both trustees and employer clients on a national and international level, with a particular niche in Northern Irish expertise, as well as Scots law knowledge, rounding out its UK-wide offering. It has a particular focus on public sector matters, personal pension schemes and regulatory matters, working with big-name clients in sectors including telecoms, financial services, retail and automotive. Key names include practice head Richard Knight; he leads the team from Bristol, working alongside a strong team of partners including the ‘superb’ Clive Pugh and the well-regarded Susannah Young.

London > Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution

Burges Salmon LLP in Bristol fields ‘a truly expert pensions team, that is an obvious choice for high-value pensions litigation‘, with recent experience handling prominent cases, including high-profile professional negligence claims and high-value equalisation cases. The team has a sizeable roster of trustee and employer clients across the public and private sectors, with expertise in small self-administered scheme (SSAS) and self-invested personal pension (SIPP) disputes, and the related financial services and tax work. Rectification and construction claims are another area of expertise, as are declaratory claims. Justin Briggs jointly heads up the group with Suzanne Padmore, and both are adept across the spectrum of pensions disputes. Clive Pugh is an expert in pensions regulatory and funding matters, while senior associate Amy Khodabandehloo is increasingly known for handling pensions-related professional negligence claims.