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

    CMS has the largest number of partners dedicated to employee share plans in a City law firm. With over forty years’ combined experience as partners in their field, our team also stands out for the range of work it does. We each advise FTSE100 and multinational companies on their share plans and the public company M&A work that goes with that, but also advise start-ups, particularly in the tech and life sciences sectors and other companies which are private equity owned. We will work together with you to maximise the opportunities to reward employees in as tax-effective a way as possible and deliver their rewards cost-effectively.

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    No business can succeed without an effectively managed workforce. However, handling executive contracts, workplace grievances and disputes, reorganisations and restructurings, and employee competition within a constantly evolving legal framework 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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    Em­ploy­ment Round-up (Ed­in­burgh)
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    22 May 19
    Em­ploy­ment Round-up (Ab­er­deen)
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    20 February 2019
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    23 May 19
    Em­ploy­ment Round-up (Glas­gow)
    The FCA Dir­ect­ory
    On 8 March, the FCA pub­lished the long-awaited fi­nal rules on the pro­posed new Fin­an­cial Ser­vices Dir­ect­ory (the “FS Dir­ect­ory”). The in­tro­duc­tion of the FS Dir­ect­ory is ex­pec­ted to be wel­comed by firms and con­sumers alike.
    30 January 2019
    CMS launches 14th edi­tion of the Pen­sions Law Hand­book,...
    Gender Pay: trends and some golden rules! 
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    27 July 2018
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