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Clare Coley, Senior Associate at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Pensions


Clare recently joined the Penningtons Manches Cooper pensions team having worked in the firm’s employment team as a solicitor since 2000. As a senior associate in the Guildford office, she specialised in contentious and non-contentious employment matters, advising on all aspects of employment law with an emphasis on claims prevention and pro-active commercial solutions.

With her wealth of experience, Clare has invaluable relevant skills and knowledge to bring to the pensions team on discrimination, contract law, and employee relations. She has a particular interest in DC pensions and is developing the team’s governance offering. Clare is also involved in transaction support and employee benefits as well as providing general pensions advice. She has experience of advising on the duties of scheme administrators, trustee appointments and drafting and amending trust documents.

Clare is a member of the Association of Pensions Lawyers and the Employment Lawyers Association. While working in the employment team, she was noted as ‘one to watch’ in Chambers UK which quoted one client as saying she “knows her stuff, is prepared to listen and takes my concerns seriously”. 

Recent work highlights

  • Advising a large US architects practice on the implementation of their employee benefits platform including advising on salary sacrifice arrangements, death in service, transitional protection and the appointment of a scheme administrator.
  • Acting for a client on the eligibility of a member for potential death benefit entitlement. Advising where the trustees and scheme administrator had not fulfilled their duties.
  • Acting for a large technology distributor on TUPE issues relating to the change of their logistics subcontractor.

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