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Employment and Benefits


Our top-rated UK retirement benefit experts provide strategic and day-to-day advice in the constantly-changing and increasingly regulated UK pensions environment. We provide creative, practical and commercial advice on all aspects of dealing with work-based pension arrangements.

Our core client base is 50:50 trustees and sponsoring employers, so we know both sides of all the issues. From complex multi-national projects and sophisticated funding structures for providing financial support for defined benefit pension plans, to strategic advice and dealing with the day-to-day compliance challenges faced by trustees and administrators, you will get answers from us.

To read more about our Pensions Group, please click here.

We advise on retirement benefit plans of every size, from GBP1bn plus funds to single member arrangements, and in relation to both public and private sector arrangements. Whether you are an employer sponsor, a plan trustee or manager, a provider or an investor, we have the experience to help.

Our award-winning cross-practice Pension Risk Group brings together our renowned corporate, banking, derivatives, insurance and pensions experts to deliver a seamless service on all aspects of funding defined benefit schemes and managing or reducing liabilities through longevity swaps, buy-ins and buy-outs, with speed, efficiency and creativity.

For more resources and insight into recent deals, visit our Pension Risk Group website:

We have a strong pensions dispute resolution practice and advise all types of parties, including pension scheme trustees, sponsors, insolvency practitioners, investment managers, and parties to corporate transactions. Matters range from individual ombudsman claims through to rectification matters and claims relating to systemic errors of administration affecting scheme benefits.

To read more about our award winning Pensions Disputes practice, please click here or visit our UK Pensions Disputes page.

Click here for examples of our experience.

What our clients say about us:  

"They provide insightful and well thought-out, thorough pieces of advice. They are very strong on technicalities, very engaged and user-friendly. Chambers UK 2019 (Pensions)

They will always go that one step further to help their clients; this is the service we have recieved to date. Nothing is too much trouble. They are totally client-focused and we couldn't ask more from them' Chambers UK 2018 (Pensions)​

"The quality of advice and strength of support they can provide are second to none." Chambers UK 2017 (Pensions)

"They are quick to work through the complexities and find an answer based in real-world application and efficiencies." Chambers UK 2017 (Pensions)

"The 'excellent' department at Allen & Overy LLP is praised for its 'very commercial and pragmatic advice, built on an excellent understanding of complex arrangements" Legal 500 UK 2017 (Pensions)


UK Pensions Awards Pension Lawyers of the Year 2019

UK Pensions Awards Pensions Litigation Firm of the Year 2019

European Pensions Law Firm of the Year 2018

FT PIPA Pensions Law Firm of the Year 2017

European Pensions Law Firm of the Year 2017

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Our Pensions Disputes practice


Pensions Group


Pension Lawyers of the Year and Pensions Litigation Firm of the Year

Professional Pensions UK Pensions Awards 2019

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European Pensions Law Firm of the Year

European Pensions Awards 2018

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