Employment & pensions

Employment and pensions

Our clients tell us that they love our business-focused, solutions-based approach and our intimate understanding of their commercial concerns. We aim to deliver high quality but user friendly advice to all our clients: our style is very much "plain English, plainly spoken".

Employment

Our employment lawyers act in both contentious and non-contentious matters, with the split of work depending upon the individual, their location.and the nature of the work.

Shoosmiths' solicitors usually conduct their own advocacy in the employment tribunal, and we have a wealth of experienced litigators in the team. Our advisory work for employers takes in a wide spectrum of issues such as absence management, disciplinary, discrimination, restructuring, TUPE, employee representation and working time. The team are involved with drafting and negotiating service contracts, compromise agreements and reviewing other documentation such as handbooks.
We also offer corporate support, working with our commercial and corporate colleagues on transactional documentation.
The employment team has an impressive client list ranging from multi national blue chip companies to small start ups.

Pensions

We advise more than 200 occupational pension schemes, mostly in the £20 million - £100 million asset value range.
We act for trustees and sponsoring employers, providing a full range of services from day-to day support such as attendance at trustee meetings through to major projects such as the restructuring, re-financing and closure of schemes. This experience on both sides of the table informs the advice we offer, enabling us to guide negotiations effectively.

We are also involved with trustee training, applications to the pensions regulator, drafting scheme documentation and specialist pensions litigation.

Our employment & pensions services