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Pensions Disputes

Clients turn to us to manage their financial and reputational pensions risks.

We have a strong pensions dispute resolution practice and advise all types of parties, including trustees of pension schemes, scheme 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.

Increased intervention by supervisory authorities usually means more risk, but the level of exposure is often not clear. Our pensions lawyers have good relationships with their local pensions regulators, social security and tax authorities to confirm requirements and test analysis.

We often advise on the scope of powers and benefit entitlements. Our technical knowledge and commercial experience is tried and tested. For example, in the UK we advised Prudential in a dispute over pension increases. Our client's approach was approved in a high profile application for directions to the High Court.

When managing employee and plan member complaints for our clients, we advise on tactics as well as the legal merits. In an ideal world though, prevention is better than cure. We also advise on reducing the risk of successful complaints, including offering training in the areas of common difficulty, such as exercises of discretion and eligibility criteria for early retirement and death benefits. Discrimination issues remain a hot topic too.

Recognition of our work

"Allen & Overy take the time to understand our organisation and trustee board, which informs their thinking. They clearly have a lot of experience and often demonstrate that they are at the forefront of legal thinking." Chambers UK 2016 (Pensions)

"The advice comes through in a pragmatic way and outlines the risks associated with each option which allows us to make a good commercial decision." Chambers UK 2016 (Pensions)

“Exceptionally good’ Allen & Overy LLP has a large following of heavyweight schemes and major corporates, providing ‘outstanding’ advice that shows a ‘deep understanding of the law and thorough analysis of particular facts’.” Legal 500 UK 2015 (Pensions)

“Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘first-rate’ team ‘consistently delivers well-presented and focused advice that inspires confidence in its clients’.” Legal 500 UK 2016 (Pensions)


Maria Stimpson

Partner
United Kingdom MariaStimpson

Jason Shaw

Counsel
United Kingdom JasonShaw

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