An experienced pensions law firm

Although many pension schemes can face similar problems and concerns, we recognise that every corporate pension scheme is unique and pride ourselves on providing tailored and practical advice.

Our advice combines sound legal analysis with an understanding of the factual background. Whether advising the trustees or the scheme sponsor, we strive to provide workable solutions for you. We do not want to provide you with a thesis; we want to provide you with a practical recommendation.

Shoosmiths is highly ranked in the latest editions of both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, with our clients singling out the combination of high quality advice and competitive fees. They also cite cost effectiveness, efficiency, and response times as reasons for choosing us over many London firms, while our partners all have experience in City pensions practices.

Our expert pension solicitors are part of a wider team named National Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2019 – the largest celebration of legal excellence in Europe. You can rely on our legal knowledge and quality of service to help your corporate pension scheme run smoothly.

Our business pension services

As a leading pensions law firm, we advise in relation to more than 200 occupational pension schemes - ranging from £1m to more than £1bn in size.

Our experience covers a broad variety of scheme types, including defined benefit (both final salary and career average schemes), defined contribution and hybrid schemes.

We advise trustees and sponsoring employers, and can bring our understanding of both perspectives to inform our advice and assist in any negotiations.

As part of a full service commercial firm, clients can also draw on the expertise of our colleagues in other practice areas, such as employment, corporate, banking, insolvency and real estate. This means we can provide a first-class, joined up service. Our specialist pensions disputes team is also available to advise you.

We are also able to advise on life assurance plans and alternative pensions arrangements such as small self-administered schemes, and self-invested personal pension plans.

Work highlights

  • advising a company client on its defined benefit schemes and its investment scheme including negotiations with the trustees
  • advising various household name charities on their business pension schemes
  • advising trustee clients on managing defined contribution schemes including ongoing governance and reorganisation projects involving transfers to master trust schemes
  • advising providers of services to the public sector on large (public sector) outsourcing projects. 

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