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Neil Bowden



Neil advises a mixture of trustees and employers on their pension arrangements with a client base including some of the biggest funds in the UK. Recently, Neil has assisted clients with key strategic changes such as benefit reviews, contingent funding arrangements and closure of schemes to future accrual, as well as guiding them through the changing regulatory environment (particularly the impact of auto-enrolment). He also has a great deal of experience in liability management, including advising in a number of the significant recent buy-in and longevity swap transactions.

Neil sits on the Legislative and Parliamentary Subcommittee of the Association of Pensions Lawyers and also served on the committee of the Society of Pension Consultants. He regularly speaks at industry conferences and training events.

"Neil Bowden, who leads the team, has probably unrivalled experience across a wide range of schemes and circumstances. He wears this experience lightly, being down to earth and pragmatic, whilst never losing focus on the interests of members." Legal 500 UK 2021 (Pensions (Non-contentious))

"Jane Higgins and Neil Bowden are both excellent and a real pleasure to work with. They understand what is required, and produce no more and no less." Legal 500 UK 2021 (Pensions (Non-contentious))

"Neil Bowden has a deep knowledge of pensions law and our trustees followed him from his previous firm." Legal 500 UK 2021 (Pensions (Non-contentious))

"Neil Bowden is a good communicator and pragmatic." Chambers UK 2021 (Pensions)

"Neil Bowden is highly regarded for his work advising trustees and sponsors on the many facets of their pensions arrangements including in liability management and significant buy-in transactions. Sources say: "His key strengths are pragmatism, communication, and his advice," adding: "He is a very easy lawyer to work with and very readily understands our team." Chambers UK 2019 (Pensions) - ranked: Band 1

"The "excellent" Neil Bowden." Chambers UK 2019 (Pensions)

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1998

Admitted as solicitor, Scotland, 1997