Helping you navigate the complex world of pensions.
We offer the advantage of advice from a dedicated pensions team. With in-depth knowledge of pension arrangements in the UK and how UK regulations impact offshore pension arrangements, we help individuals, employers and advisors to navigate a complex regulatory and tax regime, to create financial security and to help deal with issues.
Advice for individualsOur core focus is on helping you achieve your retirement aims, whether that is providing for your future, or using your retirement savings to provide for your family or other nominated beneficiaries on your death.
We offer an integrated service that focuses on each individual's needs and plans. That may entail advising on pensions and estate planning; looking at how your savings could be affected by the tax laws of different jurisdictions; pensions in the context of a divorce settlement; or, managing a change in employment.
Where a bespoke solution is needed, we have the knowledge and experience to craft one. As an international firm we are adept at helping people who have interests in different countries or who do not intend to remain in the UK for retirement. Senior advertising executives often consult our team on contracts and share options when they move between agencies. Our team also has the expertise to advise on more complex scenarios, including in relation to international pension plans and other offshore arrangements, and always stay at the forefront of the latest developments.
Advice for employers
We provide a full-spectrum service to employers, from setting up pension schemes to handling legacy arrangements. Our reputation is such that we are often asked to advise other professional services firms on their own pension arrangements. We are particularly adept at helping employers balance their pensions and life assurance commitments with their key objectives.
We help clients meet their auto-enrolment requirements and where a company is concerned to help senior executives benefit in a tax-efficient way, we can advise on solutions. Excepted group life schemes are, for example, commonly used to provide lump sum death benefits, which are outside the scope of the lifetime allowance. We have advised numerous clients on how to amend their pension contribution arrangements for high earners affected by the tapered annual allowance.
We also have nearly two decades of experience advising employers on legacy final salary schemes, including negotiating with the scheme's board of trustees in relation to funding and governance requirements and updating scheme rules in line with the latest statutory changes. In particular, we can help clients plan for funding risks.
Advice for intermediaries
Pensions advisors, wealth managers and consultants frequently call on us for legal support. Our in-depth understanding of scheme rules and governance means that we are able to assist with the development of new products, such as excepted group life trusts and self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) – providing not just documentation but also insights into the requirements of successful people.
We can also help pensions advisors to speak with confidence about the options available to their clients – for example, if an overseas saver has a sizeable UK pension and has questions on the tax implications of drawing it abroad.
Tessa Lorimer, a member of our tax investigation team in London, advised on a £5 million pension fraud involving accountants who were acting as trustees and administrators of Pension schemes which were investigated by HMRC, FSA and the Pension Regulator.
Charity trust pension
Advised a large charity-sector master trust pension trustee on ways in which it could adapt and improve its business model in light of changes in the pensions legal and regulatory arenas, as well as changes in the requirements of, and challenges faced by, charitable employers.
Employee pensions advice to US law firm
Advising a major US law firm in London in relation to changes in the pensions tax allowances for individuals from April 2016. This included advising on how employee pension benefits, including life cover arrangements, could be varied to allow for the reduced allowances.
UK resident who worked overseas
Advising a UK resident individual on the UK tax treatment of the pension benefits he accrued whilst working overseas, the death benefit options available under those overseas arrangements and how these benefits could be taken into account as part of his wider estate planning.
Well-known UK charities
Advising several large, well-known, UK charities in relation to their pension obligations, including in the context on a transfer of former public sector employees under a business sale, and in another case, how a regional branch office might manage its risks and liabilities in relation to a final salary pension scheme in which it participated for non-associated employers in the voluntary sector.
The UK "non-dom" regime
"Non-doms" have returned to the political spotlight.
In our series of articles we explore what the UK "non-dom" regime is, what it may look like in the future as a result of potential political change and the alternatives regimes available across the world.
Read our short articles below to find out more.
7 September 2021 | Article
Universities Superannuation Scheme - dealing with the issues of the moment
Join the club
We have lots more news and information that you'll find informative and useful. Let us know what you're interested in and we'll keep you up to date on the issues that matter to you.
Typical clients include
Families and family officesFamilies call on us when they want a firm that understands their needs – whether they are looking to pass down wealth, set up and run a family office, or make their mark through philanthropy. Find Out More
High net worth individualsWith complex interests that often span several jurisdictions, highly successful people need seamless advice. With a full-service offering across our offices around the world, we provide just that. Find Out More
Leaders and senior executivesWe help business leaders to manage their responsibilities at work and home – from advising on employment contracts and regulatory matters, to dealing with tax, wills and prenuptial agreements. Find Out More
How else can we help?
We offer a full range of services to individuals and businesses. Find out how we can help you solve challenges and maximize opportunities.
Get in touch
Our website will give you a flavour of the advice we provide - if you would like to talk to us for more information, please contact our client services team who will be happy to assist.