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David Knox

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Employment, Pensions and Immigration


David is a partner in our Employment, Pensions and Immigration Team. His specialist areas include UK pension law advice to pension providers, trustees and employers on acquisition, admission and apportionment agreements, asset-backed contribution partnerships and contingent assets, auto-enrolment compliance, DB deficit de-risking and recovery, DC governance, dispute resolution, public service scheme participation, and transfer and outsourcing of businesses, companies and pension liabilities.


Qualified 1986; in-house lawyer NEI plc (now Rolls-Royce) 1986-88; Wilkinson Maughan (now Eversheds) 1988—95; Ward Hadaway 1995-2003; Dundas & Wilson (now CMS) 2003-2012; Maclay Murray & Spens 2013 to date.




Association of Pension Lawyers (Public Sector Committee); Law Society; Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association (UK Legal Panel); Pensions Management Institute.


University of Cambridge, UK (Law).

London: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Dentons fields 'an experienced team that produces good sound advice for clients and really has their best interests at heart' with expertise in pensions litigation, insolvency related matters, investment work and corporate support with notable public sector strength. Elmer Doonan heads up the team and has 'a very practical streak allowing him to see the bigger picture'; his recent work includes advising the Bank of China on issues arising from the closure of its pension scheme to new members and future accrual, assisting Fleet Trustees with a new actuarial valuation, and representing the representative beneficiaries of the Barnardo's Staff Pension Scheme in a Supreme Court case regarding indexing changes. The firm expanded its UK offering with a merger with legacy firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP that brought David Knox into the team.

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London: Real estate

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Within: Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Following its merger with Murray Maclay & Spens in 2017, Dentons¬†has become an active player in the social housing sector, where its ‚Äėpragmatic, specialist team‚Äô is instructed by public authorities and housing associations in corporate, real estate and financing matters. Department head Wendy Wilks¬†is acting for Family Mosaic Housing in relation to the acquisition of 94 units at a development site in Islington, and also assisted a housing association with the amendment of a planning permission for a London regeneration project. Similarly, Stephen Ashworth¬†is advising Places for People on the planning aspects of a regeneration project at the Gilston Park Estate, which is one of the UK‚Äôs largest urban extension projects. David Knox, who focuses on employment and pensions funding, leads a team that is advising Port of Leith Housing Association Group on its pension schemes and obligations. Also recommended are employment specialist Roger Tynan¬†and senior associates Theresa Ferguson-Battershill¬†and Fiona McDonald. Additional clients include GLA, Brighton & Hove City Council and Affordable Housing Finance.

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Scotland: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Dentons has a strong focus on pension scheme de-risking and deal support, but recent work also includes advising schemes on data protection compliance and Equality Act compliance in relation to public sector pensions. The team is led by David Knox, who has expertise in scheme de-risking, restructuring, outsourcing and non-profit sector pensions. The group is currently advising W.L. Gore & Associates on various UK pension law compliance matters and the Dalriada pension trustees on a novel de-risk to protect scheme members which was agreed with a new owner, to underpin its investment in a global fund manager based in Scotland.

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