Pensions - Midlands
Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham
What the team is known for Highly reputed Birmingham pensions group with a deep bench of distinguished practitioners. Tackles the full range of matters for large occupational schemes and sponsoring employers. Regularly advises clients on risk management and corporate transactions with pensions implications.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They provide cost-effective work and are very pragmatic and responsive."
"They are an outstanding outfit."
Work highlights Advised the Philips pension fund on a £484 million bulk annuity transaction.
Assisted Morrisons with its occupational pensions scheme, including advice on risk-sharing.
Richard Black is described by market sources as "an industry leader." His practice spans the full range of pensions matters, including corporate transactions and restructurings. "Clients love him; he is very direct and good fun to work with," sources said.
Glyn Ryland heads the firm's pensions team and has deep experience in all areas of pensions law, ranging from asset-backed financing to investment issues. He is held in high regard by market sources, who comment: "He is very measured and considered, and his knowledge is unrivalled."
Paul Carberry has considerable expertise on a broad array of public and private sector pensions matters. He is described by clients as "very down to earth, straightforward and pragmatic."
Kevin Milton works with trustees and employers on challenges facing pension schemes. One commentator states: "He is a very steady pair of hands and a good technical lawyer."
Vivien Cockerill is responsible for pensions strategy and leads the trustee governance group. She has a wealth of experience on the full spectrum of pensions matters, with an emphasis on defined benefit schemes.
Chris Stiles recently assisted SR Technics UK Pension Scheme with a £200 million buyout. Sources say he is "very good technically and knows his stuff."
Joanne Tibbott "is seen as a star in the making and definitely one to watch," commentators reported. She has experience of high-value transactional matters and scheme management.
Alison Winstanley is singled out by market sources as "a fantastic public speaker" and "a very reliable lawyer." She assisted Affinity Water in the development and implementation of a new pension scheme.
Significant clients ICL Group Pension Plan of Fujitsu UK and Ireland, Rothesay Life, AMEC Pension Plan, Thales UK Pension Scheme, Pirelli Schemes.