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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, employers, consultants and insurers on all aspects of pensions law. As well as day-to-day advice, we have particular experience advising on benefit redesign, scheme closures and liability reduction. We are industry-leaders in longevity hedging, buy-in, buy-out, asset-backed funding, funds and corporate restructuring. Unlike other pension law practices, we 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. CMS also leads the way on pensions de-risking transactions – acting on 8 of the 10 largest deals in 2019.

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    26 October 2020
    CMS boosts Pen­sions prac­tice with key ap­point­ment in Scot­land
    CMS is de­lighted to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of pen­sions part­ner Jae Fas­sam, bring­ing the total part­ner count across its UK pen­sions law prac­tice to 18.
    27 October 2020
    CMS Ex­pert Guide on sexu­al har­ass­ment in the work­place
    Are you look­ing for in­form­a­tion on sexu­al har­ass­ment in the work­place? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
    05 November 2020
    Em­ploy­ment we­bin­ar: Pre­par­ing for IR35 (again) and oth­er up­com­ing em­ploy­ment...
    In the first sec­tion of our we­bin­ar we will high­light some of the key em­ploy­ment law re­forms and oth­er de­vel­op­ments which are on the ho­ri­zon, fo­cus­sing par­tic­u­larly on the Em­ploy­ment Bill. As a res­ult of Brexit and Cov­id-19, spe­cif­ic im­ple­ment­a­tion dates
    26 October 2020
    The latest on the Job Sup­port Scheme (JSS) – Open for busi­ness or Closed?
    In­tro­duc­tion We have pre­vi­ously re­por­ted on the in­tro­duc­tion and sub­sequent ex­ten­sion of the JSS, fol­low­ing the Chan­cel­lor’s ini­tial an­nounce­ment of it on 24 Septem­ber 2020. Today we re­port on the fur­ther c...
    22 October 2020
    CMS main­tains top-tier Pen­sions rank­ings for 13th con­sec­ut­ive year
    CMS has main­tained its Tier 1 and Band 1 rank­ings for the 13th con­sec­ut­ive year in the Pen­sions cat­egor­ies of both Cham­bers and the Leg­al 500.
    21 September 2020
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to Dis­missals
    The aim of this guide is to ex­plain ex­ist­ing sys­tems of com­pens­a­tion for fair and un­fair dis­missal in vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions in EU, LATAM and Asia
    18 November 2020
    Risk Es­sen­tials – In­tern­al In­vest­ig­a­tions: the people di­men­sion
    There has been a sharp rise in or­gan­isa­tions con­duct­ing in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tions in re­cent years. A great­er fo­cus on cul­ture and gov­ernance, more ro­bust reg­u­lat­ory re­gimes and an in­crease in whis­tleblow­ing have all been con­trib­ut­ing factors. There are a nu
    20 October 2020
    FCA pro­poses new cli­mate-re­lated dis­clos­ure rule for premi­um lis­ted com­pan­ies
    On 6 March 2020, the FCA an­nounced a con­sulta­tion on its pro­pos­al to in­tro­duce a new con­tinu­ing ob­lig­a­tion in the List­ing Rules that would re­quire com­mer­cial com­pan­ies with a UK premi­um list­ing to make...
    14 October 2020
    Me­di­um, High or Very High – What are the chances that the new Job Sup­port...
    On 24 Septem­ber 2020, the Chan­cel­lor, Rishi Sunak, an­nounced the in­tro­duc­tion of his new Job Sup­port Scheme with ef­fect from 1 Novem­ber. See our brief­ing here.
    27 April 2020
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to gov­ern­ment sup­port for em­ploy­ers and work­ers
    This ex­pert guide ex­plores the ways dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ments have at­temp­ted to al­le­vi­ate the stress the pan­dem­ic has im­posed on both em­ploy­ers and work­ers and en­sure busi­ness con­tinu­ity.
    24 November 2020
    We­bin­ar: Bey­ond Brexit
    As we ap­proach the end of the trans­ition peri­od, what pre­par­a­tions should HR teams be tak­ing to deal with Brexit? In this we­bin­ar we fo­cus on the people man­age­ment side of Brexit plan­ning, look­ing at the new post Brexit im­mig­ra­tion sys­tem, and what as­pect
    15 October 2020
    The in­creas­ing im­port­ance of work­force wel­fare
    Across the UK or­gan­isa­tions are home­work­ing. In Eng­land, since the UK Gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ments on 22 Septem­ber, a re­turn to full-time home­work­ing could last “for per­haps six months”. In Scot­land, the p...