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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.

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Publications: 09 DECEMBER 2019

Pensions: what's new this week - 09 December 2019

Welcome to your weekly update from the Allen & Overy Pensions team, bringing you up to speed on the latest legal and regulatory developments in the world of occupational pensions.

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Publications: 02 DECEMBER 2019

Pensions: what's new this week - 02 December 2019

Welcome to your weekly update from the Allen & Overy Pensions team, bringing you up to speed on the latest legal and regulatory developments in the world of occupational pensions.

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Publications: 25 NOVEMBER 2019

Pensions: what's new this week - 25 November 2019

Welcome to your weekly update from the Allen & Overy Pensions team, bringing you up to speed on the latest legal and regulatory developments in the world of occupational pensions.

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Publications: 25 NOVEMBER 2019

Pensions: DC trustee agenda update - for December 2019 meetings

Welcome to our monthly trustee agenda briefing covering DB and DC-related developments. It is designed to help you stay up to date with key developments between trustee meetings, and to support the legal update item on your next trustee agenda. Please click on the link below to view the briefing.

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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.