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Pensions Advisory 

Our market-leading Pensions team advises on all aspects of pension provision in the workplace. We cover everything from pension fund governance and assistance in exploring novel and complex pension structures, to the provision of integrated advice on pension plan change management, cross-border pensions issues and transactional assistance on pensions issues in M&A deals.

As a global law firm with a well-established and highly-regarded international pensions capability, we offer clients both global reach and local depth.

We have specialist expertise in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.S., and also work with corporate benefits specialists across our network. We collaborate to provide our clients with expert support on a range of cross-border and international issues, including global harmonisation exercises, reorganisations, scheme restructuring and mergers. We combine excellence in advising pension funds and sponsors across individual and multiple jurisdictions with a deep understanding of the complexities our clients face, including the practical application of local and European developments.

Our experts collaborate extensively off-deal, sharing resources and know-how to enhance our efficiency and client service on-deal. This approach enables us to break new ground in funding and de-risking, and to develop new strategies to improve pension provision – see, for example, the experience highlighted on our Pension Risk Group website.

News and insights

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Publications: 22 October 2021

The Pensions Regulator's powers and policy in practice: what do the new criminal offences mean for you?

Just hours before the ‘go live’ date of 1 October 2021, the Pensions Regulator published final details of its approach to prosecuting the new pension scheme-related criminal offences of avoidance of…

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Publications: 11 January 2021

What’s at the top of the 2021 agenda for UK pension schemes and sponsors?

Spend five minutes with members of our Pensions team as they talk about the key legal developments that will shape the first few months of 2021 for UK pension schemes and their corporate sponsors.

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Lloyds 2: GMP equalisation and historic transfers

Publications: 23 November 2020

Lloyds 2: GMP equalisation and historic transfers

The High Court has handed down its ruling in the second Lloyds case on GMP equalisation. The first decision, published just over two years ago, established that trustees of defined benefit…

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Publications: 07 September 2021

TCFD governance and reporting – managing scheme governance and risk

This article is part of a series on new duties for UK pension scheme trustees to assess, manage and report on climate change risk. To read the rest of the series click here.

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Awards & accolades

  • Employment, Pensions and Incentives Litigation Team of the Year, Legal Week Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Awards 2019
  • Pensions Awards Pension Lawyers of the Year 2019, Professional Pensions UK Pensions Awards
  • Pensions Awards Pensions Litigation Firm of the Year 2019, Professional Pensions UK Pensions Awards
  • European Pensions Law Firm of the Year, 2017, 2018
  • FT PIPA Pensions Law Firm of the Year, 2017
  • Pensions and Benefits Firm of the Year, Who’s Who Legal 2016
  • Band Two Employment and Benefits, Chambers Global-wide 


Pensions Group

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Our pensions clients come to us not just because we are good at pensions law. They regularly need the advice of our other leading practices within Allen & Overy both in the UK and elsewhere. 

Pensions Litigation

Our Pensions Disputes practice specialises in advising on a broad range of pension disputes and has acted on some of the most high profile pensions cases.

Pension Risk Group

Managing pension risk is high up the corporate agenda. Deficits in scheme funding have continued to rise despite substantial extra contributions by sponsoring employers. 

Pensions in Dispute

Key regulatory topics

Pension schemes are complex and even the best-run schemes have to deal with complaints. Here is your essential toolbox, to make life easier.

Sustainability and UK pension schemes: Preparing for the new TCFD requirements 

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The UK government’s TCFD roadmap outlines steps towards mandatory climate reporting requirements across the UK economy aligned with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, aiming to ensure that information on climate-related risks and opportunities is available throughout the investment chain.

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