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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

(Leading individuals)

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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.