Services for Employers and Sponsors

Services for Employers and Sponsors

Sometimes employers come to the pensions party unsupported by sufficient legal advice and may seek to rely on non-specialist advisers or even on trustees’ own retained advisers. Unsurprisingly, we strongly advocate dedicated, specialist legal support for employers and other scheme sponsors across a wide-range of issues.


In our experience, high quality legal advice at a critical juncture can not only ensure the achievement of your business aims, but potentially save significant costs and reduce your risk exposure. On these pages, we illustrate just some of the services that we provide to employers and pension scheme sponsors, but should you have an enquiry on a topic not covered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How trustees risk providing implicit advice to DC members

In the 2014 Budget, the Chancellor announced changes, effective from April 2015, to existing tax rules, paving the way for a radical overhaul in how defined contributions pension savings are accessed. Recent figures show that in the 2016/17 tax year, almost 400,000 individuals took advantage of these new flexibilities....

Bagging a bargain? Purchasing businesses with DB pension schemes

There are many accepted truths about buying a company, such as the well-worn adage that a deal will always take longer, and be more complex than anyone, even the corporate lawyers, predicted. Amongst the “facts” that many acquirers will follow is that you should never, ever buy a company with a defined benefit pension scheme....

Gender reassignment and the state pension—fair play for all?

The Upper Tribunal allowed the Secretary of State’s appeals against two decisions of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) concerning the entitlement of the respondents, who had been male at birth but had undergone gender reassignment surgery, to claim their retirement pensions at the state pensionable age for women, even though they did not have a gender recognition certificate under the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA 2004)....

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Pension schemes are our workplace,

Pensions law is our focus

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