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4TH FLOOR, WALKER HOUSE, EXCHANGE FLAGS, L2 3YL, ENGLAND
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Work 02073 490 296
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Fax 0151 236 9208
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Ben Miller

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Work 0151 237 4749
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Pensions.

Position

Ben has specialised in pensions law since 1996 and mainly acts for trustees/governing boards of occupational pension schemes; such schemes including a full range of benefit structures, sizes, investment strategies and governance arrangements. Advising some of the largest pension schemes in the UK, both in the public and private sectors, gives Ben market leading experience and insight. In addition to advising trustees, Ben also has a number of company related appointments, concentrating on risk/cost mitigation strategies and allowing corporates to understand and dovetail corporate objectives with their pension responsibilities. Such relationships include international organisations. Ben provides pensions related training for pension scheme trustees and employers and drafts articles for the pensions press, with recent examples including auto-enrolment, outsourcing and the Taxation of Pensions Act 2015.

Career

Trained DLA Piper (then Alsop Wilkinson), qualified 1996. Partner, DLA Piper, 2003. In addition to Ben’s pensions practice, Ben was appointed office managing partner of the Liverpool office of DLA Piper UK LLP in August 2013, a role he continues to hold to date.

Education

St Anselm’s College; Leeds University (1993, Law 2:1 Hons).

Leisure

LFC, keeping fit and gardening.


North West: Human resources

Pensions

Within: Leading individuals

Ben Miller - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Pensions

DLA Piper UK LLP fields 'undoubtedly one of the best pensions team in the North West'. Highlights included advising the trustees of a large company in the chemical industry on various matters such as answering a number of queries from members and advising on a complex consolidation of the rules in addition to advising on investment documentation. Ben Miller ‘consistently produces truly excellent work of the highest quality’ and Jeremy Harris  is ‘superb on pure pensions law but is well able to bridge the gap across to the commercial side if required’. Claire Bell is ‘very competent and exceptionally capable’. Other key clients include the Trustee of the Jacob's Bakery Retirement Benefit Scheme, the Trustees of the Navigator Terminals UK Pension and the Life Assurance Plan. The Trustees of the Warburtons Pension and Life Assurance Plan and the Trustee of the Svitzer Marine Pension Scheme are also major clients.

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