Richard Black Partner


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1995 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  Birmingham


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Richard Black

Richard Black is a highly regarded pensions partner with more than 20 years' experience. He advises both employers and plan trustees and is able to cut through the complexity of pensions law and the surrounding landscape to find solutions to their problems at both strategic and practical levels.

Richard has particular experience advising both corporates and trustees on the pensions aspects and implications of M&A and corporate restructuring transactions.

Richard is known for building relationships with clients and achieving the position of "trusted adviser". He has advised many of his current clients for over 15 years. His advice is direct and free of jargon and attuned to the commercial and legal framework within which pension plans operate. His clients include the sponsors and trustees of pension plans ranging from low £millions to £multi-billions.

Richard's recent experience includes advising a plan sponsor on a rationalisation of its existing UK pension arrangements, and advising trustees on a complex funding negotiation.

Richard is prominent in major legal directories such as Chambers and the Legal 500. He was the chair of the Midlands branch of the national Association of Pension Lawyers for over 10 years and remains on the regional committee.

Richard served on the trustee board of Cure Leukaemia, a Midlands based charity, for 10 years. He is also a member of the firm's diversity forum and disability network.

Experience

Advising a German employer on the integration of its seven existing UK defined benefits schemes into a new scheme, including an initial legal feasibility study and negotiations with each of the trustee boards; the project was delivered to time and budget

Advising the trustees of a FTSE 100 company's defined benefit scheme on the takeover of the sponsor, including negotiations with two bidders on suitable mitigation for the pension scheme

Advising the trustees of a high street retailer's scheme on the insurance of the pensioner liabilities and subsequent de-merger of the scheme to allow the buy-out of those liabilities.

Expertise

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      2018
      Chambers UK 2019 (Pensions: Midlands) - Band 1
  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Legal 500 - 2016 - Leading individual (Pensions)
    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Legal 500 - 2018 - Leading individual (Pensions)
    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2005

    • Community
      2005
      Trustee, Cure Leukaemia
  • 2000

    • Career
      2000
      Wragge & Co LLP, partner
  • 1998

    • Career
      1998
      Wragge & Co LLP, associate
  • 1995

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1995
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      1995
      Wragge & Co LLP, solicitor
  • 1993

    • Career
      1993
      Wragge & Co LLP, trainee
  • 1989

    • Education
      1989
      College of Law, York, CPE and Solicitors’ finals
  • 1985

    • Education
      1985
      University of Sheffield, BA Hons, History