"Praise abounds for pensions partners at Shoosmiths LLP"

Legal 500 2018

With 7 pensions law partners, Shoosmiths operates a broad practice covering the full spectrum of pensions matters, ranging from advice on corporate transactions through to the closure of defined benefit schemes.

The team is highly ranked in the latest editions of both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK, with clients singling out the combination of high quality advice, and competitive fees.

Although many pension schemes can face similar problems and concerns, we recognise that every scheme is unique and pride ourselves on providing tailored and practical advice.

Our advice combines sound legal analysis with an understanding of the factual background. Whether advising the trustees or the scheme sponsor, we strive to provide workable solutions for you. We do not want to provide you with a thesis; we want to provide you with a practical recommendation.

Our clients cite cost effectiveness, efficiency, and response times as reasons for choosing us over many London firms, while our partners all have experience in City pensions practices. 

We advise in relation to more than 200 occupational pension schemes, ranging from £1m to more than £1billion in size. 

Our experience covers a broad variety of scheme types, including defined benefit (both final salary and career average schemes), defined contribution and hybrid schemes. 

We advise trustees and sponsoring employers, and can bring our understanding of both perspectives to inform our advice and assist in any negotiations.

As part of a full service commercial firm, clients can also draw on the expertise of our colleagues in other practice areas, such as employment, corporate, banking, insolvency and real estate. This means we can provide a first class service to clients. Our specialist pensions disputes team is also available to advise you. 

We are also able to advise on life assurance plans and alternative pensions arrangements such as small self-administered schemes, and self-invested personal pension plans. 

Work highlights

  • Advising a company client on its defined benefits schemes and its investment scheme including negotiations with the trustees
  • Advising various household name charities on their pension schemes
  • Advising trustee clients on setting up and running of defined benefit schemes
  • Advising providers of services to the public sector on large (public sector) outsourcing projects.