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Isabel France



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Isabel France



Isabel has over 20 years of experience in advising companies, trustees and pension providers on all aspects of pensions law. 

She has particular experience in managing complex transactions such as pension scheme mergers, bespoke pension funding and security arrangements and implementation of GMP equalisation as well as revising pension scheme documentation and advising on disputes.

Experience highlights



One Bishops Square
E1 6AD

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Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 1998


M.A, Litterae Humaniores, Oxford, 1994

Common Professional Examination, College of Law, 1995 

Legal Practice Course, College of Law, 1996 

Other noteworthy experience

  • A major financial services provider on merging their offshore pension arrangements.
  • A major financial services provider on revising and updating the governing documentation of their UK and offshore pension arrangements. 
  • A major financial services provider on managing issues arising from a change to the way pension increases are awarded to some members of their UK pension arrangement. 
  • The trustee of several large pension schemes on managing complaints raised by pension scheme members. 
  • The trustee of various large pension schemes on revising contingent asset arrangements which provide security for pension liabilities. 
  • The trustee of the pension scheme of a major financial services provider on the impact of changes to minimum retirement age for their members.
  • Relevant previous firm experience advising both corporates and trustees on bespoke funding and security arrangements, including advising the trustee of the Marks and Spencer Pension Scheme on the first asset backed funding arrangement.
  • Allen & Overy and relevant previous firm experience in relation to risk transfer transactions, including relevant previous firm experience advising on the first “non-intermediated” insured longevity swap.
  • Relevant previous firm experience advising both trustees and corporates on implementing changes to pension arrangements, including changing the benefits, closing schemes to future accrual, merging schemes and winding up arrangements. 

Pro-bono experience

  • Volunteer adviser with the Pension’s Ombudsman’s Early Response Team, assisting people in resolving complaints against their pension schemes.
  • Participating in letter exchanges with primary school children to assist in developing their reading and writing skills.
  • Participating in mock interviews for women looking to return to the workplace.