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Well-established practice with expertise in all aspects of pension scheme arrangements. Experienced in advising on defined benefit schemes. Well known for advising public and private employers and trustees, with a specialism in assisting clients in the education, charity and private wealth sectors.

Strengths: ‘The team is excellent and they provide good value,’ notes a client.

‘The team works well and efficiently,’ says a source.

Notable practitioners
Maria Riccio is an expert in the field who works with clients on a wide range of pensions matters. Sources say: ‘She is knowledgeable and experienced in pensions work, can form a view quickly and is an excellent sounding board.’

Chambers UK - 2019 edition


Maria Riccio's ‘small but highly experienced and effective pensions team’ at Penningtons Manches LLP is ‘excellent and always readily available, providing prompt, succinct and clear advice’. The ‘friendly, reliable and very personable’ Riccio is ‘extremely knowledgeable and discusses legally difficult issues in a clear and understandable manner’. Riccio is particularly recommended for defined benefit plan matters, as well as being the key lawyer in the team dealing with large pensions projects including scheme mergers and closures, major documentation exercises and debt issues. Riccio is primarily assisted by senior associate Clare Coley, whose key focus is on defined contribution pensions and in particular defined contribution governance and auto-enrolment.

The Legal 500 - 2019 edition


Well-established practice with expertise in all aspects of pension scheme arrangements. Experienced in advising on defined benefit schemes. Well known for advising public and private employers and trustees, with a specialism in assisting clients in the education, charity and private wealth sectors. 

Strengths: A commentator highlights the team's ‘fine commercial awareness and recognition of the practicalities.’

Another points out the ‘excellent service which has been competitively charged.’

Notable practitioners
Maria Riccio advises a broad client base on a range of pension issues, including those arising from transactions and reorganisations. Sources appreciate her ability to ‘explain complex matters in a way that clients and non-specialists can understand.’

Chambers UK - 2018 edition


At Penningtons Manches LLP, the ‘friendly, incisive and dependable’ Maria Riccio is particularly recommended for defined benefit plan matters and acts for trustees, employers and intermediaries, ‘demonstrating a deftness of touch when dealing with clients’. The ‘very experienced’ practice is prized for its ‘practical and commercial approach’. Verity Cruse is also well regarded.

The Legal 500 - 2017 edition



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