Our nationally recognised team offers first-rate advice for those operating in a fast-paced market.

Our pensions team is renowned for its ability to deliver commercial and practical legal advice for trustees and for sponsoring employers and trustees. We also have particular experience advising providers of SIPPs and SSASs.

We work with clients to gain an in-depth knowledge of their business and pension arrangements so that we can help them effectively operate their pension scheme by providing the best possible legal support and advice that is commercially astute, proactive and responsive.

Our pensions team is led by Rachel Rawnsley and comprises four Partners and 18 other team members across our offices in London, Leeds and Manchester. We are nationally recognised and acknowledged by independent commentators as one of the leading practices in the UK, regularly featuring in legal directories and leading pensions publications.

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"They show willingness to offer an opinion, unquestioned integrity and an understanding of the trustee's and sponsor's aims." 
Chambers UK (2016)

"The brief is always well understood, and they give very clear and concise advice and legal opinion."
Chambers UK (2016)

"Jade Murray is succinct, clear, thoughtful and timely. Above all, she tells you what you can do, rather than what you cannot do." 
Chambers UK (2018)

"Rachel Rawnsely is absolutely first rate."
Chambers UK (2016)

"Catherine McAllister is technically very strong."
Chambers UK (2016)

RPI or CPI: Time to revisit pension increases?

The statutory minimum basis for pension increases changed from RPI to CPI from 1 January 2011, so why re-visit now? Since then the legal position has evolved via a number of court cases, so employers that ruled out an earlier change due to the wording of their scheme rules being unclear may wish to consider whether the legal position has now been clarified.

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Life assurance arrangements

Have you recently reviewed the life assurance arrangements you provide as an employer? A review is worthwhile as there may be tax, cost and reputational risks if arrangements aren’t properly established and governed.

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Pensions hot topics

Here you can find some hot topics for employers in relation to pensions. Read the articles in a PDF format.

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Jade Murray

Jade Murray

Partner, Pensions
United Kingdom

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