Employment & Pensions

United Kingdom

For your business to be successful, you must manage your employees and their benefits as well as your employee representatives such as works councils and unions. Employers with occupational pension schemes also need to work with scheme trustees to manage liabilities, risk and member expectations.

Employment and pension law in the UK is complex, and our team of award-winning employment and pensions specialists can help you navigate the maze of regulations, new law, policy documents, pension fund structures and other legal complexities you must contend with on a daily basis.

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    Employee Incentives

    As an organisation building and operating employee incentive schemes, you need advice from a law firm with market-leading experience in structuring these schemes in a variety of situations, both domestically and internationally, in a private or quoted environment, or at times of corporate change.

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    No business can be successful without effective management of its workforce. However, the handling of executive contracts, equal opportunities, restructurings and restrictive covenants within the framework of constantly evolving employment law is challenging. If your business crosses borders, you will be faced with additional legal hurdles.

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    Our award-winning pensions team is experienced in advising trustees and employers on all aspects of defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes. We also have considerable experience advising on group pensions, self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs), insurance products (including buy-in and buy-out arrangements), longevity products and other structures. Unlike other pension law practices, we also work on litigation, as this enables us to brief clients in full on any potentially contentious issues and provides a balanced approach to our advice.

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    Workplace Mediation

    Conflict at work can be extremely time consuming and frustrating. It can also be expensive, particularly if it leads to absence and litigation. Many HR managers tell us that wish they could turn to an in-house mediation team and ask for help, but they don’t have the resources available.

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    9 February 2017
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    CBI-CMS guide to gender pay
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    13 December 2016
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    Gender Pay Gap Reporting and Employee Share Plans
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    7 June 2016
    CMS advises Management Team and incoming Chairman...
    Court of Appeal rules on Pimlico Plumbers worker status claim
    The Court of Appeal has upheld the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision that one of Pimlico Plumbers’ operatives was a worker rather than self-employed.   This is the highest court decision in a recent stream of cases involving similar claims from individuals.
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    It is now over a year since section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force. Many large organisations have already published their annual modern slavery and human trafficking statement. Organisations that had their financial year-end falling between.
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    Trustee Knowledge Update - February 2017
    Trustees of occupational pension schemes now have a statutory duty to ensure that they have an adequate knowledge and understanding of the legal issues relevant to their scheme.   They must also ensure that they are up to date with relevant changes in the law,.
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    New rules on regulatory references come into force in one month....
    The new rules in relation to regulatory references, which form part of the senior managers and certification regime, come into force in one month’s time on 7 March 2017. The new rules will apply to banks, building societies, credit unions and PRA-designated.
    Collective Consultation in the UK in the spotlight
    Gender balance in Scottish Public Boards
    In a symbolic move, the Scottish Government recently published the draft Gender Representation on Public Boards Bill aimed at achieving 50% female representation on public boards. Despite the press reporting that public bodies will be “forced” to have equal.