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 the U.S. and the UK, 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 & insights
Publications: 11 JANUARY 2021
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.Read more
Publications: 23 NOVEMBER 2020
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…Read more
Publications: 28 MAY 2020
Pension scheme trustees are rightly focusing on key operational priorities during the current Covid-19 global health crisis – but it's important not to lose sight of a number of upcoming changes…Read more
Publications: 09 MARCH 2020
Trustee disclosure requirements on investment governance issues, stewardship and engagement continue to evolve rapidly; the new disclosure requirements that apply from 1 October 2020 will affect some…Read more
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
Offers a notable practice in employee benefits.
Chambers Global-wide 2020, Employee Benefits
Sources note the firm's strength in strategic advice.
Chambers Global-wide 2020, Employee Benefits
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.
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
Pensions in Dispute
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
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.
The Pensions Academy Online
A&O’s Pensions Academy Online provides an update on issues for pension schemes and the people that run them.
Pensions: Joint DB/DC trustee agenda update - for August 2021 meetings
Pensions: DC trustee agenda update - for August 2021 meetings
Pensions in Dispute (quarterly briefing)
Our quarterly pensions litigation briefing, designed to help pensions managers identify key risks in scheme administration, and trustees update their knowledge and understanding.
What's new this week
DCHQ: a resource base for defined contribution pension schemes
The DC agenda is busy and complex: on top of day-to-day administration, trustees have to address increasing regulation of scheme governance.
Employment Reorganisation Roadmap