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Penningtons Manches Cooper aims to provide advice across a range of pensions-related issues in a straightforward and easily understandable manner, avoiding the use of pensions 'jargon' wherever possible.

Our team of specialist pensions lawyers has experience of all forms of UK based pension and life assurance arrangements, advising employers, trustees, intermediaries and individuals. We have an in-depth understanding of a broad range of scheme types, including trust based defined benefit, defined contribution and hybrid schemes. Our lawyers also provide advice on contractual arrangements, and obligations under the 'auto-enrolment' regime for workplace pensions.

Examples of recent areas of focus include scheme funding issues (such as negotiating security and Pension Protection Fund levy issues); corporate restructuring exercises and company sales; scheme mergers; rule consolidation projects; scheme amendments (including closure exercises) and pensions related disputes.

We also have detailed knowledge of the special rules on pensions which apply in the public sector, in particular in relation to transfers of staff to the private sector.

Our approachable team, which is recognised by both Chambers UK and The Legal 500, has many years of experience in top City and regional pensions practices within leading law firms.

We offer expert advice on:

  • workplace pensions and automatic enrolment
  • scheme documentation including rule re-writes, consolidations and amendments
  • legal audits
  • member communications and employer pension consultation exercises
  • regulatory requirements (TPR and PPF)
  • scheme funding and covenant issues
  • trustee training and governance
  • liability management and reduction exercises
  • corporate transactions and restructuring
  • pensions and insolvency
  • public sector pensions
  • pensions related disputes

Recent work highlights

High Court dispute

Acting for the representative beneficiary in a High Court Part 8 claim brought by the principal employer of a large defined benefit scheme relating to defective trust documentation.

Corporate reorganisation

Advising the trustees of a multi-employer defined benefit scheme on the negotiation of a series of group company guarantees to support the funding and covenant.

Guidance for overseas investor

Representing an overseas purchaser of the core business of a UK plc on covenant issues and Beckmann type liabilities.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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