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There has been a swathe of new legislation and regulatory developments impacting defined benefit pension schemes in the UK over the last few years.
And with further changes in the pipeline, employers need to ensure that their pension scheme’s compliance is factored into their wider compliance and financial strategy. Now is also an ideal time for trustees to take stock and check if their pension scheme is compliance-ready.

Employer Focus

Trustee Focus

Joint Employer and Trustee Focus

About our team

Our London Pensions team is one of the largest leading specialist practices in the industry and is accustomed to working hand in hand with clients. We have provided strategic and day to day pensions advice to our clients for over 30 years, and have an in-depth knowledge of the full range of pensions law issues. We are known for working closely
and collaboratively with our clients, and being responsive and commercial in the advice that we give in this technical area of law, and we have been involved in some of the leading cases and projects in this area.

…”totally reliable, technically very strong and able to identify key issues in order to propose practical solutions.” – Chambers UK, Pensions 2020

…”A very strong team with excellent communication skills.” – Legal 500 UK, Pensions 2020

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Jeanette Holland offers nearly three decades of experience advising employers and trustees on all aspects of pension law. She is head of the Pension Practice in Baker McKenzie London. Jeanette is co-secretary of the Association of Pension Lawyers Legislative and Parliamentary Committee, having previously been on the International Committee.

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Chantal Thompson has extensive experience advising clients on all aspects of UK pensions law. She is a partner in the Firm's Pensions practice group in London, a core member of Baker McKenzie’s Global Pensions Group, and serves on the International Committee of the 1,000-member Association of Pension Lawyers. She is a member of the Management Committee and chairs the Personnel Sub-Committee of London Cyrenians Housing Limited, and frequently speaks at seminars and courses on multiple aspects of pension law.

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Arron Slocombe is a partner in the Firm's Pensions Practice in London and has been advising clients on UK pensions law and related areas for 15 years. He is Chair of the Legislation Committee of the Society of Pension Professionals and is a full member of the Association of Pension Lawyers. He is partner and sponsor of our "Baker Opportunity" social mobility focus group. Arron speaks regularly at seminars on various pensions issues and is a regular contributor to a wide range of legal publications related to pensions law.

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Jonathan is a partner in the Pensions Department and has over a decade's experience as a pensions lawyer. Jonathan joined Baker McKenzie in 2003 and he has spent three months in Baker McKenzie's Chicago office in their employee benefit department in 2008. Jonathan is a member of the Association of Pensions Lawyers, sits on the Legal Advisory Group of the Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association, and also the PASA (Pensions Administration Standards Association) DC governance working group. Jonathan has spoken at a number of conferences, including the Association of Pension Lawyers' summer conference, for the Pensions Management Institute, and the Association of Member Nominated Trustees.

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Robert West is ranked as a leading pension lawyer in Chambers UK and Legal 500. He has been voted the UK’s top all-round pension lawyer in Pensions World’s poll. He previously served as Non-Executive Director of the government-sponsored Pensions Advisory Service and as Chairman of the Association of Pension Lawyers. Robert has over 35 years of experience practising in the area of pensions law and has advised the government on matters related to new pension legislation. He is a current member of the Consulting Editorial Board of LexisPSL Pensions.

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Sue Tye is an Of Counsel in Baker McKenzie London office.

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Vicky is a senior associate and professional support lawyer in the Pensions Department. She qualified in 2006, and joined the Firm in 2010. She is a member of the Association of Pensions Lawyers.

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Sarah Hickling is a Knowledge Lawyer in Baker McKenzie London office.