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Portrait of Clare Coley
Areas of expertise: Pensions


Clare is a senior associate in the pensions team. She has a particular interest in defined contribution pensions, automatic enrolment and employee benefits along with a specialism in both excepted life assurance trusts and salary exchange. Clare also advises generally on pensions law, the duties of trustees and drafting and amending trust documents. She has experience of advising on the recovery of overpayments and provides transactional support to the corporate team.
Before joining the pensions practice in 2016, Clare worked as a solicitor in the firm’s employment team for over 15 years, advising clients on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious. With her wealth of experience, Clare has brought to her pensions role invaluable relevant skills and knowledge on discrimination and contract law relating to employment agreements and benefits.

While working in the employment team, Clare was noted as ‘one to watch’ in Chambers UK, which quoted a client as saying she ‘knows her stuff, is prepared to listen and takes my concerns seriously’. She has been listed as a 'next generation lawyer' in the latest edition of The Legal 500. Clare is a member of the Association of Pensions Lawyers.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for an international recruitment business on updating its life assurance arrangements, including tax issues relating to the excepted life assurance scheme.
  • Advising an international airline on eligibility and tax relief issues for overseas employees with UK employment contracts in an historic group personal pension scheme and new master trust.
  • Advising a large US architectural practice on the implementation of its employee benefits platform including advising on salary sacrifice arrangements, death in service and transitional protection.
  • Acting for an incoming subcontractor on its obligations to transferee employees under the NHS Pension Scheme, including advising on warranties and a subsequent successful application for a determination.

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