Pensions - Midlands
Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham
What the team is known for Pre-eminent Midlands pensions practice. Known for providing clear and commercial advice on all types of pensions matters. Collaborates with the firm's London-based pensions experts to bolster its offering.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They are top-class. They're very good communicators as well as knowing their subject."
Cost-efficiency: "They get to the nub of problems in a cost-effective way."
Clarity of advice: "The team is able to explain very complex technical matters to laymen."
Work highlights Developed a bespoke occupational pension scheme for Morrisons to enable it to meet its new automatic enrolment obligations. The scheme will be offered to all 135,000 of Morrisons' employees.
Assisted Amey on the pensions aspects of its £2 billion highways maintenance agreement with Sheffield City Council. Under the terms of the contract, Amey will be responsible for improving and maintaining the city's highways for the next 25 years.
Richard Black is recognised as "an outstandingly good lawyer," with particular strength advising on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions. One source states: "He provides very direct and understandable advice in an informal style, which is valued by our trustees."
Head of department Glyn Ryland is praised as "very personable and approachable" with excellent communication skills. Areas of specialism include pensions investment issues, asset-backed funding structures and funding negotiations.
Paul Carberry impresses clients with his knowledge and "ability to explain complex issues in a way that the trustees can understand." He is noted for his expertise in public sector pensions matters.
Kevin Milton is a well-regarded associate at the firm. He is able to advise trustees and employers on the full gamut of pensions issues.
Vivien Cockerill is head of pensions strategy and leads the trustee governance team. An impressed market commentator says: "She's an outstanding lawyer."
Joanne Tibbott is a talented associate at the firm. She has experience advising employers and trustees on a wide spectrum of pensions issues.
Associate Chris Stiles is praised as "technically very strong." He is able to tackle both non-contentious and contentious pensions issues for clients.
Alison Winstanley is an associate with strength in areas such as scheme wind-ups, employer debt, liability management and age discrimination.
Significant clients Philips Pension Fund, ICL Pension Plan, Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plans, AMEC Pension Plan, Thales UK Pension Scheme.