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Pensions

The law governing pensions and benefits is complex and constantly evolving. The actions of employers, trustees, plan administrators and their service providers are subject to regulatory review and legal challenges — and the need for sophisticated, practical pensions and benefits advice has never been greater.

Gowling WLG can provide this advice. Our pensions team is renowned for communicating in plain English, delivering pragmatic, robust advice and giving a clear view on grey areas. Our lawyers are bright and able to deal with the technicalities of pensions law – but always remain focused on finding commercial solutions.

You often need access to wider counsel, and our team can quickly call upon in-depth expertise in funds, tax, corporate, real estate, banking, derivatives, energy, infrastructure and financial services. The pensions areas we cover include: 

  • Benefit change
  • Funding negotiations
  • Investment matters, including direct investment in alternatives such as infrastructure projects
  • Liability management exercises
  • Risk transfer at all levels
  • Mergers and corporate restructuring
  • Scheme closures, design and governance     

We’ll work with you to determine what you need, and then deliver exactly that. We aim not just to answer legal questions, but to consider whether you’ve asked us the right questions, whether there’s a less costly way forward and whether you've considered all the potential consequences of a specific route. You’ll get practical and innovative help, presented in a way that’s clear and to the point.

Because we act for all sides on pensions, often on an international scale, we see pensions from all angles. Amongst our clients are trustees, sponsors of pension schemes, national and regional governments and agencies, actuaries, consultants/administrators, industry bodies (including regulators) and insurance companies.

Our experience means there’s little we haven't seen and dealt with before, so you'll be engaging lawyers who'll alert you to issues before they arise. For security, clear advice and in-depth knowledge on pensions, contact our team.

Key Contacts

Jason Coates
Jason Coates

Daniel R. Hayhurst
Daniel R. Hayhurst

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