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Pensions

Pensions at a glance

Clients, legal directories and annual awards confirm the rating; and with fifteen partners (and thirteen ‘leaders in the field’) no other firm has as much legal expertise available. The team has access to a group of two colleagues dedicated solely to legal pensions research.

More about Pensions service

Auto-enrolment

We have produced a series of guides to auto-enrolment:

European and international

Because of both increasing regulation in the UK, and globalisation of plan sponsors, employers and trustees are looking to provide for UK employees pension arrangements outside the UK. The recent European Pensions Directive, together with case law in the European Court of Justice and useful double taxation agreements, has made overseas pension arrangements not only possible, but very attractive.

Dispute resolution

If you have a dispute, whether as a trustee, member, asset manager or adviser, it is often important to make sure it does not become a news story, and is managed so as to contain costs - and even keep the other side on friendly terms.

Events

If you need to keep track of legislation, case law, practice or trusteeship issues, it is helpful to attend a Pinsent Masons Pensions Event, perhaps as part of continual education or just because you have an issue that is dealt with by one of our sessions.

Financial institution advice

Financial institutions, such as insurance companies, investment trusts, asset managers, banks and others are expanding their pension products, including SIPPs, SASSs, GPPPs and QROPS, in response to the decline in the provision of salary-related company-sponsored arrangements.

Investment Advice

Trustees and asset managers have interests which are different sides of the same coin but with an equal interest in managing the complexities of modern investing.

Regulator Engagement and Covenant Team (REACT)

If you have an issue relating to the Pensions Regulator or Pension Protection Fund (PPF) we can help.

Press support on pensions

Pensions is hardly ever out of the news – but for journalists finding expert and balanced comment is not always straightforward.

Product Advice

Time was when pensions mostly meant occupational pensions.

Public Sector Advice

Public sector pensions advice is specialist work, and the Pinsent Masons Pensions Law team has one of the most experienced groups in the country.

Publications

There is no shortage of publications to read on pensions; there are about 48,000 pages of regulations and rules on pensions law alone in the UK.

Trustee Advice

If you are a pension fund trustee, you face challenging times; you need to protect the interests of members, whilst avoiding as far as possible being confrontational with the sponsor, and at the same time avoiding personal liability. The legal obligations have been markedly increased in recent years, and the penalties for breach are (in theory at least) very substantial.

Trustee Solutions

Please see our trustee company.

Corporate advice

Pension issues can now make or break a deal. The impact of the anti-avoidance moral hazard laws in regulating defined benefit pension schemes has been dramatic. Your Pinsent Masons Pensions Law team advises employers of all sizes and backgrounds and can: